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Flinders Quartet: Return to Sender


Flinders Quartet: Return to Sender

  • Date: Thursday, 23 July 2020, 7pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Live streaming event (online only) — National, Australia
  • Tickets: General: $24 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0408 339 145

Event Details

In 2013, barrister Julian Burnside AO QC asked Australians to write letters of comfort and encouragement to asylum seekers detained on Nauru. Nearly 2000 of those letters were returned unopened, marked “Return to sender”.

This world premiere performance of Katy Abbott’s “Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender” for string quartet, narrator and mezzo-soprano is a musical response to those letters, using incredibly moving text by Australians compelled to connect with people they’d never met.


Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba – violin
Wilma Smith – violin
Helen Ireland – viola
Zoe Knighton – cello

Richard Piper – narrator
Dimity Shepherd – mezzo soprano


Katy AbbottHidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0417 798 523 or by email to admin@flindersquartet.com

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