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13 November 2017

Prelude composer residencies to Rafael Karlen, Kate Moore and Gabriella Smart

Kate Moore Image: Kate Moore  
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Rafael Karlen, Kate Moore and Gabriella Smart have been announced as the three recipients of the national Prelude Composers Residencies in 2018. The Peggy Glanville-Hicks residency in Paddington, Sydney, went to composer-saxophonist Rafael Karlen from Brisbane, while composer Kate Moore will be resident at the Gallop House in Perth. Pianist and new music advocate Gabriella Smart will be based in her home state of South Australia, at Adelaide's Beaumont Cottage, which is a new addition to the residency program. The three artists will receive financial support ($20,000 for a 12-month residency - maximum length of residency in Sydney and Perth - scaled down for shorter residencies) as part of the program.

Prelude is a collaboration between the Bundanon Trust, the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers Trust, the National Trust of Western Australia, the National Trust of South Australia, the National Trusts of Australia, APRA, the Helpmann Academy, Arts SA and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. The program is managed by the Bundanon Trust.

'Composers produce the raw material of Australian music. They are essential. Without them we are reliant on outside voices, songs and stories. Yet very few can make a living from composing alone', said founder of Prelude and chair of the Bundanon Trust, Shane Simpson AM. 'And then there are historic houses around the country whose preservation is essential for keeping us in touch with our heritage, and which are seeking a new and vibrant role in the community. Prelude was created to bring these two together: to support the contemporary while animating the historic.'

The announcement was made last Thursday night in Sydney after the annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address delivered by Kim Williams.

> For more information visit the Bundanon Trust website.

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