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Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address is an annual forum for ideas relating to the creation and performance of Australian music. Named after the Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, it has been igniting debate and highlighting crucial issues since its establishment in 1999.

2020 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

In 2020, the AMC has decided to commission not one but two Addresses. Legendary team Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey will deliver the first Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address in 2020, followed by a second Address delivered by Sunny Kim. Both Addresses will be delivered online.

Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey: 'Dissonance'
from Monday 21 September at 12pm

PLEASE NOTE that you need a password to access this work and contribute to it. Register by emailing registerpgh@gmail.com. You will be sent a a password.


The first of two 2020 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Addresses will be presented by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey on Monday 21 September. There will be no auditorium filled with seats, which is not an unusual situation for the team of two experimental sound artists. Instead, we're invited to take part in a dialogue with a machine. Register your interest/intention to attend on the Facebook event page.

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey at Brighton Festival (UK)
with their installation Pivot.

The machine, which will reside on a specially constructed web page, created with Mick Byrne, will engage us in conversation about dissonance, about creative music and sound making, by asking questions and proposing topics. Under the hood lies a reservoir of scripted thoughts by Flynn and Humphrey to which we are all invited to contribute.

'To experience our PGH Address please talk to the machine. It is not an oracle and may not be willing to answer questions, merely ask them. The trajectory of your conversation will vary to the extent that each dialogue varies. Over the period of this address being live, we will add to the script', the artists explain.

The project continues the 25 years of projects by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey. 'We are experimental artists in sound. We make unusual situations for listening. It is humbling for us to be delivering this PG-H at this extraordinary time, on land that was never ceded, and at a moment when the inequalities in this land and around the world have rarely been drawn so starkly.'

The 2020 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address will be launched at https://www.howthingssoundmatters.space/ at midday on Monday 21 September.

The Address will be live for three weeks, following which time the resulting dialogues will be available as an archive through the AMC.

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are leading Australian audio conceptual artists who create unexpected situations for listening. Their work is driven by a curiosity and questioning about sound in human culture and seeks to evolve and engage with new processes and audiences, through public and participative interventions.

Sunny Kim - date tbc.

Born in South Korea and based in Melbourne, Sunny Kim is a vocalist, improviser, composer and educator. She collaborates with contemporary and traditional musicians, dancers, and visual artists to explore expressions regarding identity, spirituality, gender, and cross-disciplinary art forms.

To support our community in this difficult time, we have also commissioning 13 artists, ensembles or organisations to create online content under the banner of the prestigious Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, with an honorarium of $1,000 for each of these opportunities. For details, see the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Commissions 2020 webpage.

About the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

The New Music Network established The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address in 1999 in honour of one of Australia's great international composers. In the spirit of Glanville-Hicks, an outstanding advocate of Australian music delivers the address each year, challenging the status quo and raising issues of importance in new music.

Managed by New Music Network from 1999 until 2018, the annual Address is now presented by the Australian Music Centre.

'We welcome the New Music Network handing custodianship of the Peggy Glanville Hicks Address to the Australian Music Centre, and take on this responsibility with great respect to the tradition established over the 20 Addresses delivered to date. Since its founding in 1999 (under the leadership of then NMN President Marshall McGuire), the Address has developed into a landmark event in the Australian new music scene. Peggy's return to Australia in the 1970s was facilitated by then AMC Director James Murdoch, who provided a role for her at AMC in developing a collection of music by Asian composers, so it is most fitting that the AMC's association with her can continue in this way', commented the AMC's CEO John Davis.

Speakers over the years have included leading Australian composers, performing artists, arts leaders and intellectuals from James Murdoch, Barry Conyngham and Liza Lim, to Julian Burnside, Jon Rose, Robyn Archer, Simone Young, Richard Gill, Kim Williams and Cat Hope. For a full list of speakers, please see below.

The Peggy Glanville-Hicks address is the single most important national forum for contemporary music discourse, which honours one of Australia’s great international composers and provides a platform to discuss important issues facing contemporary music today. The event is free and, in the recent years, has also included the announcement of the winner of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Residency managed by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Addresses to date

1999 James Murdoch
2000 Barry Conyngham
2001 Liza Lim
2002 Roland Peelman
2003 John Davis
2004 Julian Burnside
2005 Richard Mills
2006 Daryl Buckley
2007 Jon Rose
2008 Sandy Evans
2009 Robyn Archer
2010 Simone Young
2011 Lyndon Terracini
2012 Michael Kieran Harvey
2013 Genevieve Lacey
2014 Warren Burt
2015 Richard Gill
2016 Nicole Canham
2017 Kim Williams
2018 Cat Hope
2019 Deborah Cheetham




> Full transcripts of all previous Peggy Glanville-Hicks Addresses will be made available here shortly.

Recent addresses

2019 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

'In Answer to Your Question'
By Deborah Cheetham AO

2018 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

'All Music for Everyone: Working Towards Gender Equality and Empowerment in Australian Music Culture'
By Cat Hope

2017 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

'I wonder as I wander (The Digital Paradox: Paradise or Purgatory)'
By Kim Williams

2016 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

'The Poetry of the Present'
By Nicole Canham

2015 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

'A Case for New Music'
By Richard Gill

2014 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

'Wondrous discoveries vs forces of darkness'
By Warren Burt