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Kingfisher - Songs for Halcyon


Kingfisher - Songs for Halcyon

  • Date: Saturday, 29 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

All about Anna : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute and vibraphone by Graham Hair — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
All One Water (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble) by Gillian Whitehead
— performed by Halcyon
Aquila's wing (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano) by Rosalind Page — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Lake moonrise, op. 94 : for mezzo-soprano, clarinet in A, vibraphone and cello (2013) by Andrew Schultz
— performed by Halcyon
Music (La musique) (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble) by Gordon Kerry
— performed by Halcyon
Round the bay : mezzo-soprano voice with chamber ensemble by Jane Stanley — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
The mystic blue : mezzo-soprano voice with chamber ensemble by Dan Walker — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
To my excellent Lucasia, on our friendship : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet and vibraphone (2013) by Andrew Ford
— performed by Halcyon
 Verathmende, Schillernde, Blitzende... by Sharon Calcraft — World premiere

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