Thomas Meadowcroft new Prelude composer at Golden Vale

National Trust (NSW) is pleased to announce the new Prelude Composer in Residence at Golden Vale Homestead in Sutton Forest.

Thomas Meadowcroft was awarded the residency by the Bundanon Trust and moved into Golden Vale Homestead earlier this month.

Prelude is a national initiative developed by the Bundanon Trust to provide time and space for Australian composers to create their work by offering long-term residencies in historic houses around Australia. The initiative is a collaboration between the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ House, the National Trust of Australia in New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia, the Australian Council for the Arts, APRA AMCOS, Arts South Australia, the Helpmann Academy and Bundanon Trust.


About Thomas Meadowcroft

Thomas is an established composer of significant standing in Australia and internationally.

He was born in Canberra and raised in Toowoomba and completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) with University Medal at the University of Queensland. In 1994, he received a Queens Trust Award, QANTAS Overseas Study Award from Youth Music Australia, and William Penn Fellowship to undertake graduate composition studies with George Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania. During graduate studies in the USA, he also received bursaries to attend courses at Centre Acanthes, Fondation Royaumont (France), and the International Music Institute, Darmstadt (Germany), undertaking masterclasses with composers Brian Ferneyhough, Franco Donatoni and Salvatore Sciarrino. HE completed a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.

Thomas has been based in Berlin since 1998, where he has forged a successful international composition career with commissions in Europe, USA and Australia. Artist residencies at the Villa Aurora Los Angeles (courtesy of the German Foreign Office) 2005, Cité internationale des arts Paris (courtesy of the Berlin Senate for Cultural Affairs) in 2006, and at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ House Sydney in 2007, have assisted greatly in the development of his artistic practice and have enable hom to collaborate with local and international artists, institutions and public.

Thomas’ music examines aspects cultural memory in contemporary society, as well as the social and political economies of music in its realisation.

Read Thomas Meadowcroft’s full biography