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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.

The 2021 annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address will be streamed live on Zoom Events at 1:30pm on Thursday 4 November.

2021 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address details revealed

Three artists to take the lead in an agenda-setting panel event

7 October 2021. The Australian Music Centre has today revealed the details of the 2021 annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address which will be presented as a live-stream panel discussion featuring three musically diverse panellists: ethno-jazz pianist and composer Zela Margossian, unconventional, tradition-challenging composer and percussionist Bree van Reyk, and singer, composer and improviser Sia Ahmad. The conversation will be streamed live for free consumption at 1:30pm AEDT on Thursday 4 November via Zoom Events.

Chosen for their musical breadth and depth, their leadership, courageousness and interesting career paths, the panel will explore the diversity of our Australian music community, how we connect with each other, and how we can support each other’s creative output, building capacity for a more sustainable future.

“In the past, the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address has been delivered by some incredible creators and inspirational leaders in the music community. This year we are excited to be approaching things a little differently with the panel discussion,” explains Australian Music Centre CEO, Catherine Haridy. “In a world that has been irrevocably shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian music and artistic practice has evolved and changed to address its environment. I'm most excited about hearing our esteemed panellists' inspirational stories, their perseverance and their ability to build their capacity for creativity through an unusually challenging period of time.”

Sia Ahmad (appearing solo as Shoeb Ahmad) released her new album Facade on Provenance Collective in early October. “What an honour to be part of this year's Address and to share that honour with two other wonderful femme-identifying artists. I'm really excited to be able to speak about the notion of creative community and how important it is for us in these unpredictable and trying times (be it because of a pandemic or in a world with less funding for the arts). Diversity is what keeps creativity thriving and evolving, seeing/hearing different lived experiences re-evaluating the history already there, and thinking about new ideas is so exciting and so relevant to having a rich future ahead of us.”

Zela Margossian agrees: "Diversity is an essential part in any community and is a great binding force in the creative sphere of the arts. Specifically, in the music sphere, diversity brings about unique relationships through music. Exchanging ideas and learning from one another's cultural heritage and musical traditions bring about distinct collaborations and interesting projects. Contribution creates connection and connection creates a network of support which is essential during uncertain times such as the one we are experiencing right now." Zela Margossian released a new single, Forecast, in October and has her second Zela Margossian Quintet album set for release on 25 February on Ropeadope Label.

“Sustainability and diversity are hugely important considerations for all humans,” explains Bree van Reyk, “As artists, it's been a very difficult period in terms of financial and career prospects/downfalls and I've found myself questioning what it means for me to be making music in this era. I've been thinking a lot about not just sustainability but nourishment, and how I can develop my practice as an artist to not just survive or 'get by' amongst the busyness, but to actively foster nourishment, generosity and slowness as artistic acts.” The AMC-represented artist's recent projects include her opera The Invisible Bird, premiered in 2020 as part of Sydney Chamber Opera's 'Breaking Glass' project.

Proud to have joined the Australian Music Centre (AMC) this year, Cath Haridy offers her insight on what is ahead for the AMC, saying, “We are committed to diversity, representation and equity. This is a theme which will permeate across all areas of our service. There's also a continued emphasis on advocacy, continued support of the music education sector and capacity-building opportunities for our artists while supporting and connecting the community.”

> The Peggy Glanville-Hicks 2021 panel discussion will go live on Zoom Events at 1:30pm AEDT on Thursday 4 November. The event is free and you will need to log on your Zoom desktop or mobile application to register and participate - more instructions here.


With a rich and extensive background in Australian music, Sia Ahmad has been creating idiosyncratic sounds over the last decade and more. Using guitar, keyboard, voice and electronics, she works both as singer/composer and improviser, when performing solo, as Shoeb Ahmad, as well as collaborative projects.⁠ She has released a diverse range of original music while also working on sound design for dance/theatre, installation pieces and contemporary chamber composition, inspired by 20th-century avant-classical works, Indian raga form and minimalist electronic music.⁠ Her latest release, Facade, was released in early October 2021 on Provenance Collective label. She has performed throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and South Eastern Asia as a solo artist, and with acclaimed groups such as Sensaround, Spartak, Tangents and the Australian Art Orchestra. Parallel to her practice, Sia currently sits on the boards for Girls Rock! Canberra (as Chair) and the Australian Art Orchestra (as Director), and chaired judging panels for the 2021 APRA AMCOS/AMC Art Music Awards. Between 2018-2021, Sia was a member of both the Ministers’ Creative Council and LGTBIQ Ministerial Advisory Council for the ACT.

Born in Beirut, of Armenian heritage, Zela Margossian is a Sydney-based pianist, composer and ARIA-nominated musician who fuses the rhythms and harmonies of jazz and the discipline of classical with the beautiful melodies of Armenian and Middle Eastern folk music. Her debut album Transition, realised digitally on the Australian Art As Catharsis label, garnered favourable reviews, with the influential US magazine Downbeat calling it ‘…an entrancing and dazzlingly unique kaleidoscopic niche’, and Jazzwise (UK) referring to it as an 'exemplary album that is simultaneously heartfelt, authentic and wholly absorbing'. Zela was the AMC's inaugurual Artistic Associate in 2019, as part of a market development strategy for jazz, which allowed her the opportunity to travel to Jazzahead to expanding her horizons, leading to a connection to the international label Ropeadope, who will release Zela’s next album in 2022. In 2020, Zela’s quintet made its debut at the Sydney Opera House, and she was awarded an ABC commission for a collaboration with Sydney-based saxophonist Jeremy Rose, resulting in Visions of Nar, a project that premiered at the Joan Sutherland Centre. Zelea Margossian was selected, from a competitive international field, as one of the Creative Armenia Fellows – an opportunity from the Creative Armenia Foundation which led to a mentorship with extraordinary Armenian pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan – an invaluable relationship as she prepares music for her quintet and the forthcoming release.

Bree van Reyk is a drummer, percussionist, composer and sound artist who makes unconventional and tradition-challenging performance works. Her music resides in the intersection between contemporary classical, indie-rock and performance art and is equally warm-hearted, celebratory, and focussed on issues of equality. Bree has been commissioned by Sydney Festival, Sydney Chamber Opera, Ensemble Offspring, Canberra International Music Festival, Marrugeku, Urban Theatre Projects, Performance Space, Sydney Dance Company, The Letter String Quartet, Shaun Parker Company, fashion designer Bianca Spender, AGNSW, GOMA and the MCA. Her performance career includes tours and recordings with artists such as Gurrumul, Paul Kelly, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, Holly Throsby, Sarah Blasko, Marcus Whale, Laura Jean, Sally Seltmann, Toby Martin, Darren Hanlon, Grand Salvo, Katie Noonan, Oren Ambarchi + Martin Ng, and Anthony Pateras. See also www.breevanreyk.com.

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
2020 Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey
2020 Sunny Kim




Recent addresses

2020 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address vol. 2

'To Dance with Our Others in Embrace'
By Sunny Kim

2020 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address vol. 1

By Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey

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

2013 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

'Learning to Listen'
By Genevieve Lacey