Ipswich composer honours Anzac heroes with Digger's Overture

NATHAN Warfe has music on the mind.

No matter where he is, the talented composer is always thinking of new pieces to create.

"I have been composing for 15 to 20 years now," Mr Warfe said.

"Inspiration can come from anywhere.

"I keep a piece of music in my car just in case I think of something."

Mr Warfe's hard work was recognised recently when one of his orchestra pieces, The Digger's Overture, was selected to be played by The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra.

The moving piece was played at St Paul's Cathedral as part of the Melbourne Centenary of Anzac commemorations.

"I wrote the piece in 2012 and I emailed about 30-odd orchestras to see if they could play it," he said.

Musical composer Nathan Warfe recently had one of his orchestra pieces 'The Digger's Overture' played by The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra at St Paul's Cathedral. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Musical composer Nathan Warfe recently had one of his orchestra pieces 'The Digger's Overture' played by The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra at St Paul's Cathedral. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

"It's very hard for composers to get their work played.

"When St Paul's got back to me I was pretty stoked. It was definitely a career highlight."

The University of Queensland School of Music graduate said he felt proud sitting in the front row for the performance and hoped to get his piece recorded in a studio.

"I've got a lot of pieces that are ready to be recorded so I hope they will all get to be played," he said.

"When an idea comes, you just have to chisel away at it like a sculpture."

 



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