The Aspirations of Daise Morrow, a work for theatre based on Patrick White’s short story Down at the Dump, was created by Brink Productions with a score composed by the Zephyr Quartet and premiered in 2015. Following the release of the Quartet’s brand new disc Aspirations, Zephyr Quartet cellist and Artistic Director Hilary Kleinig spoke to Limelight about how the music was created ahead of the play’s tour to Canberra and Wollongong.

Zephyr Quartet, AspirationsThe Zephyr Quartet: Emily Tulloch, Hilary Kleinig, Jason Thomas and Belinda Gehlert. Photo © Emma Woolcock

How did the idea for this project develop?

Chris Drummond, the Artistic Director of Brink Productions, and I have worked together on several theatre productions and he initially approached me about coming on board as Musical Director and Composer for this production and also expressed an interest in having Zephyr Quartet playing in the production. I suggested that it might be good if we Zephyrs all contributed to the composition of the play as well as playing – he agreed to give this a go although was a little skeptical as to how four composers could compose a cohesive score.

How was the music...