Leading Australian artist Meg Washington will reveal yet another facet of her genre defying talents when her music is given the full symphonic treatment in five exceptional concerts. Commencing in early 2024, the tour will unite Meg with the Tasmanian, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, under conductor Vanessa Scammell.
Nominated for 10 ARIAS and winner of three, Meg Washington is renowned for her electrifying and soulful live performances, where the full power and virtuosity of her voice are in force.
The orchestral tour will feature Meg performing reimagined orchestral arrangements of works from her extensive catalogue, including Lazarus Drug, How to Tame Lions, Skeleton Key and Catherine Wheel, a live symphonic recording that is being released today. Meg will also premiere new music from her upcoming fifth studio album, due for release in 2024.
Recorded live at the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, this cut of Catherine Wheel is arranged by Paul Hankinson and conducted by MSO Principal Conductor in Residence, Benjamin Northey.
In 2020, Meg delivered her critically acclaimed and Aria award-winning fourth LP, Batflowers, which was also shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize. It attracted rave reviews, with Junkee Magazine espousing: “It is a breathless album… a magnum opus, torn from somewhere very precious and important.” Under her own label, Batflower Records, in 2022 Meg released a piano-led interpretation of The Killers’ album ‘Hot Fuss’, and a taste of her own new sound with the sublime single, Eastcoaster.
In addition to her musical career, Meg has been working deeply in the film and TV industry. Liberated by her 2014 TEDx talk in which she revealed a lifelong stutter, in 2018 Meg began her voice-acting role as the schoolteacher ‘Calypso’ in the smash-hit Bluey. More recently, Meg wrote all the songs for the upcoming musical feature film, The Deb – produced and directed by Rebel Wilson.
With her partner, Nick Waterman, Meg is also the co-writer and producer of a feature film adaptation of Paul Kelly’s classic song How to Make Gravy. Their company, Speech and Drama Pictures, is co-producing the film alongside Academy-award nominated producer Schuyler Weiss (Elvis), and Warners International TV Productions for Binge. The film is currently shooting on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Meg’s fan base will delight in this new iteration of the much-loved artist’s works, while newcomers will fall in love with the unearthly voice and powerful musicality of Meg Washington.
Meg Washington with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Date: Tuesday 30 January, 7.30pm
Venue: Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Sandy Bay
Meg Washington with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Date: Friday 2 & Saturday 3 February, 7.00pm
Venue: Sydney Town Hall
Meg Washington with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Dates: Thursday 8 & Friday 9 February, 7.30pm
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall