Navy Musician takes out top spot

This article has photo gallery Published on ABMUSN Ellen Zyla (author)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band

Petty Officer Musician Martyn Hancock during a Royal Australian Navy Band rehearsal. (photo: Unknown)
Petty Officer Musician Martyn Hancock during a Royal Australian Navy Band rehearsal.

A musician from the Royal Australian Navy has taken out first place in the inaugural Australian Wind Symphony Composition Competition.

Petty Officer Musician Martyn Hancock won the award for his work 'Aurora Australis' and it will be premiered in a concert at the Sydney Opera House in July 2017.

The announcement was made during the 2016 Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 19 September. When told of his award, Petty Officer Hancock said he was completely overjoyed.

“To win such a major composition competition is something I have always dreamed of, to have my work premiere at the Opera House will be just incredible!” he said.

“During the Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference, we had the chance to play in front of some of the world’s top musicians. Winning this award is really the icing on the cake,” Petty Officer Hancock said.

This is not the first award for Petty Officer Hancock. In 2013 he received a Conspicuous Service Medal for composing new marches and a forty minute symphony for the International Fleet Review.

During 2016 Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference, the Royal Australian Navy Band performed as the ‘band in residence’ for the Advanced Repertoire and Advanced Conducting session.

The Royal Australian Navy Band is a fleet of ensembles and is made up of six bands positioned around Australia. The permanent component has bands in Sydney and Melbourne and consists of 101 full-time musicians. The Reserve bands in Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth have 122 part-time musicians. The band supports Navy ceremonies and activities and performs around Australia and the globe.