Christopher Hutton (cello). Recorded by RNZ Concert, 13 June 1999
Helen Bowater has enjoyed an exceedingly diverse musical career. Her study included electroustic music with Ross Harris and composition with Jack Body. She has worked as a singer, pianist, violinist and also worked with rock bands and Gamelan Padhang Moncar. Following residencies at the Nelson School of Music in 1992 and at Otago University as Mozart Fellow in 1993, she was appointed Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia in 1994.
Swansong for solo cello was written during a composition residence at The Nelson School of Music 1992 in response to the sudden death the composer's first partner Dr Robert Cook.