Australian Miniseries: Waiting for Summer to Come (Chloe Sinclair)


Chloe Sinclair Composer
Alan Vivian Clarinet

“Waiting for Summer to Come” premiered online on 24 July 2020.

Born and raised in Canberra, composer Chloe Sinclair grew up attending Canberra Symphony Orchestra concerts and seeing Principal Clarinet Alan Vivian perform. A string player herself, Sinclair has always loved the sound world of the clarinet. Her piece, Waiting for Summer to Come, uses the entire range of the instrument.

Composer’s note

Everyone can relate to the feeling of waiting that this year has presented.

This is particularly true for the arts community as we wait for the return of live performances.

The emotional aftermath of last summer’s devastating bushfires is still within the community. This piece closes in reflection, changing tone as the thought of summer returning brings fears of another catastrophic bushfire season.

Chloe Sinclair

Headshot of Chloe Sinclair in front of trees
Chloe Sinclair, Australian composer (Image: Julia Faragher)

Chloe Sinclair is an emerging young composer currently undertaking a Master of Music (Composition) under Paul Stanhope at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Chloe graduated from the ANU School of Music in 2018 and was awarded First Class Honours in Composition from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Over the last five years, Chloe has developed her passion for composition. She has a natural affinity for choral music and has composed for Gondwana Voices and the Song Company at the national Gondwana Composer School, as well as local Canberra children’s choirs including the Woden Valley Youth Choir and The Australian Voice Collective.

Chloe has also composed jazz inspired pieces for members of the Royal Military Band, contemporary classical for the National Capital Orchestra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra and alternative rock music for her own band. She has been invited to record original music at a major Los Angeles music studio: Matter Music. Chloe is currently the 2020 composer in residence for the Trinity Grammar School choir.

Alan Vivian playing the clarinet in a studio
Alan Vivian, CSO Principal Clarinet (Image: Martin Ollman)

Alan Vivian is one of Australia’s most high-profile musicians. He has held the long-term orchestral position of Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber and Canberra Symphony orchestras. He has also performed as Guest Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony in London and the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, and as acting Principal Clarinet with all of Australia’s major symphony orchestras.

An accomplished chamber musician, concert soloist and recitalist, Alan toured extensively internationally. He has recorded for the Sony, EMI, Polygram, ABC Classics and Revolve labels, and is a featured artist in Pamela Weston’s book, Clarinet Virtuosi of Today. Alan is a permanent member of the Australia Ensemble and was a member of the Canberra Wind Soloists for more than twenty years.

As a teacher, Alan Vivian has presented master classes throughout Australia and the world. He has been Visiting Artist at the Paris Conservatoire and In 2019 performed in Moscow as soloist with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Opera. Former students are scattered throughout the globe, having been competition prize winners, recipients of international scholarships, and occupying permanent positions in Australia’s orchestras. He was Senior Lecturer of Clarinet at the Australian National University from 1985 until 2012.


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