Edward Primrose has composed works in most forms and formats, including 20th-21st Century ‘classical’ style works, and works for stage and screen. The catalogue consists of chamber music, choral and vocal works, orchestral works including two symphonies and a concerto, together with electronic works, music theatre, songs, dance and electro-acoustic fusions. He extends music composition into composed theatre, with texts for hybrid styles, including cine-music-theatre.
While living in France, Edward began encompassing mixed media and dramatic forms – theatre, television and film. While continuing to compose, he also formed the theatre troupe “Paris Performing Group” extending into theatre production.
Upon returning to Australia, he developed skills as an orchestral conductor specialising in recording music for the screen. Recognising the dearth of suitable musical education in the screen arts, he set about convincing the Australian Film TV and Radio School to incorporate music into its curriculum, eventually becoming a Composer in Residence at the school, then its first Lecturer in Composition.
In 1998, he was the founding Artistic Director of Camera Camerata: a project set up with the Australian Youth Orchestra and five teams of filmmakers leading to recordings of the films’ orchestral scores and a live concert screening in Sydney. He has orchestrated and conducted many orchestral and chamber music recordings including works by Chong Lim, Chris Gordon, Guy Gross, Christian Saint Preux, Martin Armiger, Carlo Giacco, Colin Spiers, Peter Kaldor, Ilan Kidron, Richard Vella, John Charles, Jan Preston, and Peter Miller. He conducted the inaugural International SpaceTime Concerto Competition in 2012.
Edward has been consistently writing new works and teaching at tertiary level. His PhD enabled investigation into ‘music in context’ promoting the study of musical dramaturgy. His current work explores hybrid forms. The ‘cine-music-theatre’ concept combines live action, actors, musicians, pre-recorded filmed elements and projected sets, using technology to serve music and drama.