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Kingfisher - Songs for Halcyon


Kingfisher - Songs for Halcyon

  • Date: Saturday, 15 March 2014, 6pm
  • Venue: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music — Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: $30/$25/$20 (at the door) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8256 2222

Event Details

Songs by Katy Abbott, Stephen Adams, Nigel Butterley, Sharon Calcraft, Ross Edwards, Andrew Ford, Stuart Greenbaum, Elliott Gyger, Graham Hair, Moya Henderson, Gordon Kerry, Raffaele Marcellino, Kevin March, Ruth Lee Martin, Rosalind Page, John Peterson, Andrew Schultz, Paul Stanhope, Jane Stanley, Nicholas Vines, Dan Walker and Gillian Whitehead.

On March 15 and 29, Halcyon proudly presents Kingfisher, Songs for Halcyon - a seminal commissioning project to celebrate 15 years of music making by Australia’s leading ensemble for vocal chamber music.

Halcyon, a fabled bird identified with the kingfisher, had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice. The composers have taken their inspiration from 'halcyon' in some way, each displaying their own unique voice in writing for singers and instruments. The 22 songs represent the cream of vocal composition in Australia currently and offer a lasting tribute to the relationships formed between Halcyon and the composers who have written for them over the years.

The complete collection of these miniature works of art will be premiered across two separate twilight concerts (different programs) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Artists for the Kingfisher project are Alison Morgan (soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano), Laura Chislett Jones (flutes), Jason Noble (clarinets), Geoffrey Gartner (cello) and Jess Ciampa & William Jackson (percussion).

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

A King's Manifesto : for soprano, percussion and violoncello (2014) by Nicholas Vines — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Follow me through the shadow : for two female voices and cello (2013) by Katy Abbott — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
I lost a world the other day : for mezzo-soprano and cello (2014) by Moya Henderson — World premiere
— performed by Geoffrey Gartner, Halcyon and Jenny Duck-Chong
My love in her attire : soprano with ensemble by Paul Stanhope
— performed by Halcyon
Opalescence : for soprano, mezzo, vibraphone and cello (2013) by Stuart Greenbaum — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Sea-blue bird : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and vibraphone (2014) by Kevin March — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
See, the prismatic colors glisten : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello and percussion (2013) by John Peterson — World premiere
— performed by Alison Morgan, Jess Ciampa, Jason Noble, Geoffrey Gartner, Halcyon and Jenny Duck-Chong
Sometimes snow fell, sometimes darkness... : for soprano and mezzo voices, with alto flute (2013) by Stephen Adams
— performed by Halcyon
The Pleiades at midnight : for two singers and three players (2013) by Elliott Gyger
— performed by Halcyon
The Tranquil mind (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble) by Ross Edwards
— performed by Halcyon
Turbulent passions calm (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble) (2014) by Raffæle Marcellino — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon

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