Iain Grandage is a highly accomplished guy.
He is one of Australia’s – and Fremantle’s – most highly regarded collaborative artists, having won Helpmann Awards for his compositions for Theatre (Cloudstreet, Secret River), for Dance (When Time Stops), for Opera – with Kate Miller-Heidke (The Rabbits), for silent film – with Rahayu Suppangah (Satan Jawa) and as a music director for Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl and Secret River.
He has received Victorian Green Room Awards, the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for an Individual, and the APRA/AMC award for Vocal Work of the Year for his opera based on Tim Winton’s novel The Riders.
He has curated the chamber music program for the Adelaide Festival, and been the Artistic Director of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.
He has been composer-in-Residence with the WA Symphony Orchestra, and has an extensive track record of collaboration with indigenous artists across the country.
He is a UWA graduate, and the proud recipient of an honorary Doctorate from that institution.
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And right now, Iain is the artistic director of the Perth Festival, a position perhaps coming second in the State after that of Premier and before the coaches of Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles!
Iain Grandage kindly agreed to sit with our editor, Michael Barker, and chat about his musical life, the Perth Festival and, of course, Fremantle.
It’s a podcast interview you won’t want to miss! Here is is.