From home to the world – an honoured screen composer has her life sewn up

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'The ability to focus, without interruption and just inhabit a beautiful space where you're working extremely fast with clarity.' Nerida Tyson-Chew reflects on life as a screen composer.

Australian screen composers are one of the craft jewels in the sector. To receive the APRA-AMCOS Distinguished Services Award is a substantial achievement. In 2020, that touch of magic landed on Nerida Tyson-Chew, a composer, orchestrator and conductor who is known most recently for H is for Happiness. She has built an international career while she insists on staying home in Sydney. Family life, community and cultural origins are important to her. 

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