In October 2008 this large orchestra work featuring the music of the Balearic Islands of Spain and commissioned by media company Grupo Serra had its premiere season on three continents with conductor Geoffrey Simon. On October 10 the folk pipers Pep Toni Rubio (fabiol) and Joan Frontera (xeremies) joined with the Orquestra Simfonica de Balears with projections of specially commissioned paintings by Nil Burwiz for the world premiere in Palma Mallorca, Spain. Less than a month later, on 7th November the Queensland Symphony gave the Australian premiere, and on 23 rd November the Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong (Music Director Ho Man Choi) performed the Asian premiere in Hong Kong with chinese Suona player Ge Li performing the Spainish folk material.
In July 2008 it was announced that Conyngham was the recipient of the Albert Maggs Award for Composition. He intends to write a music theatre work and is discussing this with a major Australian music group.
In April 2009 virtuoso US based Double Bass Player Robert Nairn premiered Conyngham’s double bass concerto ABOUT K.I. in Boston and Pennsylvania. The work referencing Robert’s birthplace (South Australia), uses recollections of the composer’s visit to Kangaroo Island of the south coast of that state. The work is in five continuous sections:
- 1.Coastline – Seals – Visitors
- 2.Flatland – Kangaroos – Road-kill
- 3.Caves – Bats – Wonders
- 4.Treeline – Koalas – Survival
- 5.Skyline – Bees – Captives