Short documentary about Flinders Quartet's inaugural composer workshop project. Filming, sound recording and editing: Justin Batchelor, Batchedit

Flinders Quartet's streamed performance following the inaugural composer workshop project. Filmed and streamed by 5stream.

Flinders Quartet invited applications from composers to submit a short work for string quartet to be workshopped by the members of the quartet and composition mentors, resulting in a professionally recorded live and streamed performance in December 2016. This project will run again in 2017 - check back for details in early 2017.

Eight composers had the chance to spend up to three hours with the quartet on their composition, which was been rehearsed by the quartet prior to the composer workshops. The workshops were open to the public, allowing aspiring composers to witness the creative process of other composers as well as demonstrating their own compositional development. The workshops and performance took place over a period of five days in December 2016.

Details about the 2017 project will be announced in early 2017.

The eight composers who participated in the 2016 project were:

Holly Broadbent, Western Australia
Naomi Brown, Victoria
Vaughan McAlley, Victoria
Peter McNamara, NSW
Christopher Milroy, NSW
Daniel Riley, Victoria
John Rotar, Queensland
Brock Stannard-Brown, Western Australia

All the workshops were open to the public and free of charge:

December 6, 8, 10 and 13; 10am-4pm daily (including a lunch break)
Performance Space, Library at The Dock, Docklands

December 14, 6pm
Performance Space, Library at The Dock, Docklands

We are enormously grateful to the people and organisations who have supported this project and enabled us to bring the 2016 project to fruition:

Creative Victoria
Kim Williams AM

Scarlet’s Fund a sub fund of the Australian Communities Foundation that supports creative projects in developing communities in memory of Scarlet Spain
Peter and Leila Doyle
Stewart Jackel
Nick Garnham
Joanne Dema
Helen Murdoch
Kathleen Ralston
David Cotterill
Kingsley Gee
Jean McMullin
Josephine Vains
Margot Breidahl
David Forrest
Victoria Ryle
Sarah Curro
Nancy Lane
Louise King

Tim Rowley
Dan Thorpe
Charmain Boyakovsky
John Garran
Susie Kilby
Janet Cole
Genevieve Lacey
Aleisha Eadon
Andrew Brown
Garry Joslin
Helen Gillespie

Maree Garra-Riley
Nicholas Garnham
Tim Rowley

Sheila and Roger Rankcom
Stephen Whately
Yhizaira Libertad Rodriguez Burge
David Hicks

Anonymous [4]


Composers must be Australian citizens or permanent residents with an Australian home address.

Composers may submit as many compositions as they wish. Each composition must be treated as a separate submission, accompanied by the required submission materials (including a separate submission form for each composition).

Submitted compositions must contain completely original music (i.e. not an arrangement of an existing composition or song) and must not have been previously performed publicly or recorded.

The work is to be scored for string quartet: two violins, one viola and one cello. Initial submissions require a full score and successful applicants will be required to provide performance parts.

Total timing of the work to be workshopped will not exceed eight minutes. (It is possible to submit a longer work, however there may not be time to workshop the entire work.)

Entry is by email in two (or three) parts:
1. A completed entry form submitted online: available here
2. Full score in PDF format emailed to admin@flindersquartet.com
3. A mp3 midi file, if appropriate (optional) emailed to admin@flindersquartet.com

Composers must NOT include their name on the score; name is only to be included on the submission form as all submissions will be processed and assessed anonymously. Up to eight composers will be chosen to take part in the workshops.

The successful composers will be announced on September 30 and informed by email that day.  

It is a condition of submission that the successful composers allow use of his/her name for media and publicity purposes and makes him/herself available for media interviews as required.

Applications are open to composers anywhere in Australia, however Flinders Quartet is not able to be liable for any costs associated with attending and participating in the workshops in person. If a participating composer is not able to be present in person, FQ will endeavour to organise a video conference-style workshop.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.