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First Stones : Stage 1


First Stones : Stage 1

  • Date: Saturday, 9 July 2022 to Sunday, 10 July 2022, Saturday 11-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm
  • Venue: Various venues — Sydney, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the First Stones 2022 series
  • Tickets: $30 for single day / $50 for weekend | Attend in-person or via online livestream — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to COVID, attendance for Stage 1 will now ONLY be via online streaming

First Stones 2022 is an intensive opportunity to discover more about the voice and its capabilities, something Halcyon has been living out in performance for almost twenty five years. Additionally, it is a chance to explore the collaborative practice that has developed over many years between composer Elliott Gyger and Halcyon’s Artistic Director Jenny Duck-Chong and delve into the ways that composers and performers can shape each other’s work. 

Stage 1 on Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 July is designed for:

  • emerging Australian composers who want to hone their vocal writing skills 
  • singers and teachers who want to learn more about contemporary writing for the voice and broaden their repertoire 
  • those who are curious to know more about the classical voice and the music written for it.

For this weekend, Halcyon's Artistic Director Jenny Duck-Chong will be joined by composer-educator Elliott Gyger and composer, APRA/AMCOS' Art Music Specialist Cameron Lam and AMC’s Meeghan Oliver in presentations, discussions and Q&As. Cellist James Larsen will join Jenny for a short live performance.


Saturday 9 July, 11am-4pm

All About the Voice
Today we focus on the human voice.  A guided tour from composer and performer perspectives of some of the fundamentals of the instrument and its capabilities and the diverse ways composers engage with the human voice.    

PRESENTERS: Elliott Gyger and Jenny Duck-Chong
VENUE: Summer Hill Church, 2 Henson St Summer Hill 

Sunday 10 July, 12pm-4pm

All About Text - Forum, Q&A and live performance
Join the discussion as we look at the unique element of song - the words that are set to music. How do you find and source them? What do you do with them? What happens when the words and music work in collaboration?  

PRESENTERS: Elliott Gyger, Jenny Duck-Chong, Cameron Lam, Meeghan Oliver
PERFORMERS: Jenny Duck-Chong and James Larsen
VENUE: Annandale Creative Arts Centre, 81 Johnston St Annandale

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to info@halcyon.org.au

Featured Australian Works

Because of the child (solo mezzo-soprano) by Gillian Whitehead
— performed by James Larsen and Jenny Duck-Chong
Hymn of the Garden : mezzo-soprano voice with accompaniment by Andrew Ford — World premiere
— performed by Jenny Duck-Chong and James Larsen
Kazoku (vocal music) by Cathy Milliken
— performed by Jenny Duck-Chong and James Larsen
My Sorrow's Flower (mezzo-soprano with cello) by Gordon Kerry
— performed by James Larsen and Jenny Duck-Chong
Songs for a day : three poems of Yannis Ritsos, for soprano, flute, violoncello, and piano (2014) ['Morning' only] by Aristea Mellos
— performed by Jenny Duck-Chong and James Larsen
The Art of Disappearing (mezzo-soprano with string quartet) (2019) by Cameron Lam
— performed by James Larsen and Jenny Duck-Chong

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