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Halcyon: This Kind of Life


Halcyon: This Kind of Life

  • Date: Saturday, 21 July 2018, 8pm
  • Venue: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music — Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $35 | Concession: $25 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

As Halcyon celebrates 20 years of exceptional music-making, come and join us for a midwinter evening of intriguing and eclectic new chamber music.

The program features Australian premieres by mid-career composers, Japanese-born Dai Fujikura and Belgian Annelies Van Parys alongside a brand new work, This Kind of Life by Elliott Gyger, celebrating his 50th birthday this year. As the ensemble and composer both celebrate their own significant milestones, it seemed the perfect time to join forces again.

The composer describes the new piece: "This kind of life (2018) is written once again for Alison and Jenny’s voices, but rather than blending and blurring they are kept quite distinct, as they sing the words of two people in dialogue with one another. Each is supported by her own miniature ensemble of two instruments (clarinet and piano with the soprano; cello and harp with the mezzo), although as the work progresses these ensembles begin to overlap and fuse. A musical celebration of friendship, This kind of life seems an apt choice for a program highlighting the rich network of collaborations that has developed across Halcyon’s 20-year history – a network which I am grateful and proud to be part of."


Elliott Gyger This Kind of Life  WORLD PREMIERE
Dai Fujikura Being as One AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Annaliese Van Parys Three Mew Poems AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Ross Edwards The Tranquil Mind
Rosalind Page Aquila’s Wing

Image © Linden Gledhill

Featured non-Australian music: Dai Fujikura, Annelies Van Parys

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

Featured Australian Works

Aquila's wing (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano) by Rosà Lind Page
— performed by Halcyon
The Tranquil mind (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble) by Ross Edwards
— performed by Halcyon
Digital sheet music sample This kind of life : a culinary correspondence (2018) by Elliott Gyger — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon

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