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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 early in the second half of the year, dates to be confirmed.

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.

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 will also be commissioning 10 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. The EOIs for these opportunities are now open. For details, see the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Commissions 2020 webpage.

2019 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

The 2019 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address took place at the Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, on Tuesday 22 October 2019, following the announcement of the 2019 Paul Lowin Prize winners. You can watch and listen to Deborah Cheetham's address below, and the full transcript is available on Resonate.

This historic occasion brought together two important events in Australian art music: the annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address and the prestigious Paul Lowin Prizes. Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address has been igniting debate and highlighting crucial issues since its establishment in 1999. The AMC has recently taken on the custodianship of the Address, after the closing of the New Music Network, and is mindful of the importance of continuing this annual tradition with respect to its history. The 2019 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address was delivered by Deborah Cheetham AO: Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator, and a leader in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years.

The Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000) and Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) are among Australia's richest prizes for music composition, presented in collaboration between the Australian Music Centre (AMC) and Perpetual, as Trustee of the Paul Lowin Prizes.

AMC CEO John Davis said,

"In 2019, we're fortunate to be able to bring together these two crucially important events of the Australian art music calendar, in a celebration of our vibrant and multifaceted art form. The submissions to this year's Paul Lowin Prizes reflect the multitude of styles in composition and artistic expression that is one of the main hallmarks of Australian art music today.

"The list of people who have delivered the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address over the years is similarly proof of a strong trend towards diversity and true freedom of artistic expression. We are honoured to have Deborah Cheetham AO, an important art leader and one of our strongest compositional voices to have emerged over the past few years, deliver the 2019 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address on 22 October."


Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for "distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of Indigenous artists, and to innovation in performance".

In 2009, Deborah Cheetham established Short Black Opera as a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous singers. The following year she produced the premiere of her first opera Pecan Summer. This landmark work was Australia's first Indigenous opera and has been a vehicle for the development of a new generation of Indigenous opera singers.

In March 2015 she was inducted onto the Honour Roll of Women in Victoria and in April 2018 received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia. In 2019 she received the Merlyn Myer Prize to create a new work for the Melbourne-based ensemble Syzygy. Cheetham's commissions for major Australian ensembles include works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, West Australian Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, Rubiks Collective, Plexus Ensemble, Flinders Quartet and the Goldner Quartet. In 2020 Deborah Cheetham will accept the position of Composer in Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

> Read the full transcript of the 2019 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address by Deborah Cheetham (Resonate 26 October 2019).

> Read 'The New Music Network closes - AMC to continue Peggy Glanville-Hicks address' - news article on Resonate 28 November 2018.

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




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

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