Featured work

Use the categories below to explore different types of work:


For four-part choir (or solo voices) 

First performance 
Date: June 20, 1996
Venue: St Mary of the Angels Church, Geelong 
Recorded by the Song Company.

Written for the Requiem Mass for Peter Ignatius Henderson, the composer’s twin brother. The work commemorates both deceased brothers, Michael Xavier Henderson and Peter Ignatius Henderson


A chamber opera for soloists and large instrumental ensemble 
Libretto: Judith Rodriguez and Moya Henderson 

First performance:    
Date: October 25, 2002
Venue: Opera Theatre of the Sydney Opera House
Company Opera Australia

A series of four performances

Commissioned by Opera Australia


A radio play based on a text from the Bringing Them Home publication brought out by the Commission of Inquiry into the ‘Stolen Generation’ (15’)

The text is by Confidential Informant 139 Victoria, Australia
Composed and directed by Moya Henderson 

Voices: Kevin Smith, Pamela Young
Piano: Stephanie McCallum 
Violin: Kirsten Williams
Cello: Susan Blake
Sound engineer: Phillip Ulman
Producer: Andrew McLennan

Work commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation 
Music used in the play is a reworking of Cross Hatching 
The play was awarded Honourable Mention by the Italia Prize jury


For solo cello
Re-edited 2012

First performance:     
Date: September 11,1998
Venue: EGH ABC Studios, Sydney
Performer: Nicholas Bochner 

Commissioned by John Carmody with the financial assistance of the Australia Council 


For SATB unaccompanied choir Poem by Emily Dickenson 

First performance:    
Date: February 16, 2008
Venue: Wedding of Anthony Crombie and Jane Marie White, Brisbane 

Commissioned by John and Diana Carmody for the wedding of their nephew, Anthony Crombie, to Jane Marie White


For brass ensemble (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) 

First performance    
Date: February 16, 2008
Venue: Wedding of Anthony Crombie and Jane Marie White 

Commissioned by John and Diana Carmody for the wedding of their nephew, Anthony Crombie, to Jane Marie White.

Rewritten for string quartet for the wedding of the composer’s cousin, Elizabeth Henderson, to Warren Mundine in 2013.


For soprano, choirs, organ and orchestra

Translated by Judith Hemschemeyer

1.    No, not under the vault of alien skies, 
2.    In the terrible years of the Yezhov terror
3.    Mountains bow down to this grief
4.    That was when the ones who smiled
5.    They led you away at dawn
6.    Quietly flows the quiet Don
7.    No, it is not I
8.    You should have been shown, you mocker
9.    For seventeen months I’ve been crying out
10.    The light weeks will take flight
11.    And the stone word fell
12.    You will come in any case
13.    Now madness half shadows
14.    A choir of angels sang the praises
15.    I learned how faces fall
16.    Once more the day of remembrance draws near

First performance     
Date: March 31, 2010
Venue: SOH Concert Hall
Performing body: Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Orchestra
Soloist: Leanne Kenneally
Conductor: Brett Weymark


For two cellists and two music-theatre artists

First performance    
Date: November 30, 2010
Venue: Ensemble Offspring, ‘Sounds Absurd’ concert 
Actors and Musicians: Katia Moleno and Carlos Gomes, from Kantanka Theatre; also the cellists Geoff Gartner and John Addison 

This concert was to honour the great Musik-Theater composer (and my teacher), Mauricio Kagel (d 2008) 
Uploaded to YouTube

Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring


For Soprano:  and Mezzo-Soprano:  and piano accompaniment, The poems in the cycle are Lovely How Lives and Or Just Miss

First performance    
Date: June 2, 2012
Venue: Sydney Grammar School, Small Wonders concert 

Commissioned by Halcyon and funded by the Australia Council

This work will be reset for small instrumental ensemble and will be premiered in its new configuration in 2013 to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Halcyon (Alison Morgan and Jenny Duck-Chong)


For string quartet

First performance:    
Date:  April 21, 2012 
Venue: Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Middle Park, Melbourne
Performer:s:    Ruby Strings

Arranged for string quartet for the marriage of the composer’s nephew,  Edward Moon to Sarah Jane Walker