The musical legacy of Raymond Hanson


Wirripang to Publish from now on !!

Many of the publications listed on this website have been done through the Keys Press Australian Heritage Series. All good things must come to and end and sadly, the Keys Press is no longer in operation. As a result, we are very pleased to announce that Wirripang Publishing have taken over the Raymond Hanson catalogue […]

New CD – Sonata For Flute and Piano – Opus 10

Introducing “The Irridescent Flute” a double CD featuring Australian Music for Flute & Piano by Neil Fisenden on flute and David Wickham on piano. It was recorded in the music auditorium of Churchlands Senior Highschool Perth, in 2013 and released by STONE Recors, UK, in 2014. Works include: Raymond Hanson – Flute Sonata Opus 10; […]

New Recording !!!!

Just received a copy of a new recording of Two Songs- Opus 7 and This is my Delight – Opus 14 performed by Lisa Harper-Brown and David Wickham. The CD is titled The Red of a Woman’s Heart and is produced by Stone Records, available from G G Allen at

World Premiere “The Immortal Touch” Friday 6th June, 2014

I have also received notice that the World Premiere of Ray’s lifelong work “The Immortal Touch Part 2” is scheduled to go ahead on Friday 6th June, 2014 in the evening, with a matinee performance on Saturday 7th of June, 2014 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and played by the Conservatorium orchestra and choir. […]

WAR ! being set for Carillon for Centenary ANZAC Celebrations 2014

I was contacted recently by Thomas Lau who is the senior Carillonist at the National Carillon in Canberra. They were wanting to use one of Ray’s songs titled “War!” as one of the pieces to be set for Carillon for the Centenary of ANZAC Day celebrations coming up in April 2014 !! We are so […]

New Publication of Piano Quintet opus 17 by Keys Press

Last week I received a copy of the new publication of Raymond Hanson’s Piano Quintet edited by Susan Collins and published by Keys Press. It is Australian Heritage Series No. 81. It is the full piano score plus the parts for 2 violins, 1 viola and a violoncello. It is available for purchase now via […]

The Immortal Touch Part 2 – Research Project Outline

The Immortal Touch was originally composed in 1952, though Part 1 did not receive its first performance until June 1975 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Richard Gill OAM conducting the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Combined Choirs of the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music.  The work was also recorded by the ABC with Patrick […]

Centenary symposium and concert

This event celebrates the centenary of the birth of Australian composer Raymond Hanson (b. Sydney 23 November 1913, d. 1976). A long-standing member of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music teaching staff, he taught composition, harmony, ear training and more. Those he taught or influenced include many distinguished Australian composers and musicians. His compositions demonstrated […]

Tagore performance in Brisbane

An upcoming performance in Brisbane at the Encounters with India Festival is the second performance this year celebrating the 100th Centenary year of Raymond Hanson. Ray and Tagore The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded in 1913 to Indian poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). The Nobel citation noted “his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by […]

Ray performance at Encounters:India festival

Melody. Timbre. Echoes of the gods. Cries from the heart, the soul, the spirit, of love. Ritwik Sanyal opens with dhrupads, the most ancient of Indian music traditions. Ross Edwards explores the inner spirit in a new version of his exquisite MANTRAS, performed in semi-darkness. Shubha Mudgal entrances with traditional Hindustani ragas while Heather Lee […]