Life is messy and hard. Music helps us to process the difficulties and transcend the challenges. I’ve been inspired frequently over the years to compose works about overcoming adversity such as Joan of Arc Variations, The Maze, Lighthouse, Rainlight and Solar Flares. Another rich source of inspiration for me is the imagery of water and coastal environments, explored in works such as Three pieces for harp, Voice Adrift, Water Shadow, and Cross Currents.
I have written pieces for renowned orchestras and ensembles, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, the BBC Singers, New College Choir, the Oxford Philomusica, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. My career highlights have included two premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York, and recordings on Tall Poppies, Divine Art, Transatlantic Records, Riverrun UK, and MOVE Records. I hold a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) from the University of Oxford and an ARAM, LRAM, and first-class BMus(Hons) degree from the Royal Academy of Music.
A piece close to my heart is ANZAC Anthem, for choir and organ, which was premiered by the Choir of Westminster Abbey in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2005. This anthem continues to be regularly performed at Westminster Abbey and other memorial services that mark Australia and New Zealand’s national day of remembrance.
Finally another theme that weaves itself through my music is the transience of life, which I explore in choral works such as Fire and I steal a look.
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"Music empowers us to transcend our limitations."
- Alicia Grant