Percussionist Timothy Constable is to step down as Artistic Director of Synergy Percussion after 7 years in the role. He will pursue other creative opportunities in solo music, composition and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as Ian Cleworth steps in as Interim Artistic Director of the ensemble.
Timothy joined Synergy Percussion 14 years ago in 2003 when he became a professional musician. He has made a significant contribution to Synergy Percussion and to Australian music during his time with the ensemble.
Timothy leaves a legacy of high achievements as Artistic director of Synergy Percussion which include the 2010 co-commission and premiere of Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet, the award for 2011 Best Chamber Music Concert of the Year, Limelight Magazine, for Xenakis Pleiades, numerous festival appearances including the Seoul Drum Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Canberra International Music Festival, Graphic Festival (Sydney Opera House), Ted X (Sydney), YouTube Symphony (Sydney Opera House), the 2015 premiere of Earth Cry, the result of a four-year collaboration with Noreum Machi, Korea’s premiere samul-nori drumming ensemble and the 2014 commissioning and performance of Anthony Pateras’ Beauty will be amnesiac or will not be at all, one of the most ambitious works for percussion composed by an Australian composer to date.
In acknowledging his colleagues, Timothy says “….this decision was naturally very difficult to make. It was easier in the knowledge that the ensemble is in safe hands, with Bree and Joshua committed to continuing this journey of 42 years. I salute these spectacular colleagues and commend their future works to you…..I am deeply proud of the work the ensemble has undertaken during my tenure as director, and again thank my magnificent colleagues Bree van Reyk, Joshua Hill and Alison Pratt for their musicianship, support, courage and friendship. There are so many others to thank – Lee, Tim, Karen and all management present and past; venues, guest artists and collaborators (of whom there are literally hundreds), the members of Taikoz, festival directors (and ) all of you – who have supported our ideas and work in all of your different ways as audience, donors, vocal advocates – thank you all so very much.”
Synergy Percussion will be producing a concert in honor of Timothy around the middle of the year. Details will be released shortly.