Trentham muso’s original tune up for prize

AWARD: Trentham's Robbie Melville has been nominated.

AWARD: Trentham's Robbie Melville has been nominated.

WHEN he composed a song, drunk on gin, nearly a decade ago Robbie Melville never expected it would get him in the final of a composition award in 2015.

The Trentham musician is a finalist in the Darebin Music Feast composition final. He is up against four other composers – who will perform their original tunes for the chance to win cash and prizes via judging panel and live audience vote. 

Orkeztra Music Director Gemma Horbury said audience members should prepare for a night of fun. 

"The People's Choice Award is a real game-changer,” Ms Horbury said.

“We've already got four great tunes, but now the composers are really taking things up a notch to entertain and win over the audience."

Mr Melville’s piece Tango in Pusan was written on a balcony on a hot, humid afternoon in the South Korean city of Pusan.

Though not strictly a tango, it does make use of the habanera rhythm, which creates a distinctive pulse of that style of music. He will perform on November 1.