William Barton: Sky Songs with special guests Iva Davies, Aunty Delmae Barton, Véronique Serret and John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra

One of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players and composers, William Barton, joins John Foreman and the 60-piece Aussie Pops Orchestra for a magnificent evening of music at the Arts Center Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on July 22.

This Melbourne exclusive premiere will also feature special guests Iva Davies, Aunty Delmae Barton and Véronique Serret and will include William’s stunning compositions which encapsulate the natural sounds of Australia and showcase the unique and exciting combination of the didgeridoo and the Symphony Orchestra.

A composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, William is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers. With his prodigious musicianship and quiet conviction of his Kalkadunga heritage, he has greatly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo – and the culture and landscape it represents.

Over two decades, William has forged an unparalleled profile as a performer and composer in the world of classical music, from the London and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019 ahead of Queen Elizabeth II, ANZAC Cove and the Beijing Olympics. His awards include the winner for Best Original Score for a Senior Producer at the 2018 Sydney Theater Awards and the ARIA winner for Best Classical Album for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012.

Often in the company of his mother, Aunty Delmae Barton, he performed on classical stages from the Vatican to the royal court of Spain. As an avid electric guitarist and jazz-fusion enthusiast, he has performed alongside Iva Davies’ Icehouse at the Sydney Cricket Ground and in conservatory recital with concert pianist Simon Tedeschi. He holds honorary doctorates from Griffith and Sydney Universities, has released five albums on the ABC Classics label and is artist-in-residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

For over 40 years, the Aussie Pops Orchestra has presented a unique blend of classical and contemporary popular music to Australian audiences. They have performed alongside many of the world’s favorite singers including Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Peter Allen, Andrea Bocelli, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Cliff Richard, Ray Charles and many more.

During the pandemic, Aussie Pops have moved online, with virtual performances attracting hundreds of thousands of views in Australia and around the world; but musicians particularly appreciate finding the concert platform.


Season Details

Venue: Melbourne Arts Center | Hammer room
Date: July 22, 2022

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Grace D. Erickson