Didgeridoo player William Barton will join Michael Nyman and his band at the Pilbeam Theatre on Friday night.
Didgeridoo player William Barton will join Michael Nyman and his band at the Pilbeam Theatre on Friday night. Photo: Supplied.

Barton, Nyman bring world first to Rocky

WORLD-renowned didgeridoo player William Barton has been captivated by the sounds of the instrument since he first played his uncle’s at age seven.

Central Queensland, prepare yourself for a pulse-racing musical encounter between Britain’s most celebrated and recognised composers Michael Nyman and his 12-piece band along with the virtuosity of Australia’s William Barton.

Not only will audience members see one of Britain’s most celebrated and recognised composers performing live, Nyman will also unveil his newest collaborative work to be heard for the first time in the world on the Pilbeam Theatre stage.

The performers will take the stage Friday night as part of the Queensland Music Festival, a statewide biennial celebration of musical excellence.

William Barton who was the star of the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony and is recognised internationally as the leading didgeridoo player in the classical world, says it will be a mix of mesmerising multi-sonic and rhythmical sounds.

Michael Nyman will add another collaboration to his repertoire in Rockhampton when he performs the world premiere of a piece created for William Barton

“I’m interpreting what Michael has written for the band,” William said.
William, who grew up in Mt Isa, said there was a huge demand overseas for the didgeridoo.

“The thing I love about it is it’s made from a branch of a tree and it is a rhythmical instrument you can express yourself through and create different layers of sound,” William said.

“I have always enjoyed the sound and the stories told through the didgeridoo,” he said.

William said when he was given the chance to perform one of his more special gigs as one of three Australian composers at the Olympics, he was honoured.

“It was an amazing experience to represent Australia and the vibe was phenomenal,” William said. 

He said it was a chance for him to invite his family members and some of his colleagues to perform with him.

Michael Nyman and his band along with William Barton will perform at the Pilbeam Theatre, presented in association with the Rockhampton Regional Council, at 7.30pm.



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