UPCOMING EVENTS

 2015

 

Concert archive (1998-2013)

Friday 4th September 7.30pm

WINTER MOON SECRETS

Image: Moon with a View by Kay Stratman
Asian culture has captivated the artistic mind for centuries; the elegance and concise restraint of Oriental visual art, music and writing have been an ongoing inspiration for composers around the globe. Winter Moon Secrets brings together chamber music inspired by a world behind closed doors, where courtly life, love and secrets form the centrepiece of existence, a place where inner thoughts remain concealed, whispered only to the night air or written on a page in a private room. In Andrew Schultz's I am writing in this book (2011), fragments of 10th century writer Sei Shonagon's The Pillow Book have been threaded together to trace the life of a young woman from naive youth to old age. Sohmon III (1988), by eminent Japanese composer Minoru Miki, sets poetry from the oldest anthology of Japanese poetry, the Man'Yoshi (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves) dated from the seventh and eight centuries. Miki believes that music and culture are deeply intertwined and that peace between nations can be achieved through the blending of diverse cultures. Larry Sitsky's newly penned work A Feast of Lanterns II (2015) draws texts from a collection of ancient Chinese poets and writers, employing voice and instruments to render delicate brushstrokes of colour. Joining Halcyon for this program is koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura, performing solo works composed for her by Australians Ross Edwards and Rosalind Page.

Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Tickets $35/$25 through Classikon

Artists

conductor – Luke Spicer  soprano – Alison Morgan  mezzo soprano – Jenny Duck-Chong  violin – Ewan Foster  cello – Anna Martin-Scrase  double bass – Jenny Druery  harp – Rowan Phemister  piano – Sally Whitwell  percussion – William Jackson  koto – Satsuki Odamura

Supported by the New Music Network


Image: Moon with a View by Kay Stratman 11″ x 10”, watercolor on silver shikishi board

   

Tuesday 15th September  6pm

DITTIES

Ken Murray (guitar) and Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano) present a recital of Australian songs written for voice and guitar over the past three decades. Featuring Matthew HINDSON’S Insect Songs, John PETERSON’S Of Quiet Places, Helen GIFFORD’S Spell Against Sorrow and songs by Andrew SCHULTZ and Christine MCCOMBE.

Wyselaskie Auditorium, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Admission: free

For more details click here

   

Thursday 17th September 1pm

PARADISE

Alison Morgan (soprano), Geoffrey Gartner (cello) and Jo Allan (piano) present a lunchtime program.  Includes the premiere of Andrew Schultz's Paradise for soprano, cello and piano.

Io Myers Studio, University of New South Wales

   

Saturday October 24th

SIRENS

Halcyon presents Sirens.  Works for four female voices and harp including the premiere of Graham Hair's O Venezia Pt 2.

St Bedes Church
14 College St Drummoyne

Artists: Alison Morgan & Belinda Montgomery - sopranos  Jenny Duck-Chong & Jo Burton - mezzo sopranos  Genvieve Lang - harp

   

Saturday November 7th

Tuesday November 10th (schools performance)

WAR LETTERS

Featuring new works by Larry Sitsky, Diana Blom, Elliott Gyger and Nicole Murphy

Ku-ring-gai Town Hall
1186 Pacific Hwy, Pymble
Artists: Alison Morgan - soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong - mezzo soprano  Clive Birch - bass  James Wannan - viola  Kaylie Dunstan - percussion Jo Allan - piano

   
     

PAST EVENTS

   

 18th January

   

 Alison and Jane Sheldon are performing together in a fabulous program of new music. Don't miss!

   

 13th June  SOLD OUT

   
 

A RHYTHM THAT DANCES: A celebration of the music of Ross Edwards

Presented by Halcyon in partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Inspired by a deep love for the Australian natural environment, the music of Ross Edwards radiates both joyous exuberance and meditative reflection. A Rhythm that Dances celebrates these twin aspects of his writing. Showcasing works spanning almost 40 years, this retrospective program focuses on Edwards’ music in miniature and features solo performances by some of Australia’s leading contemporary musicians. The concert is also a rare opportunity to hear his two major song cycles, The Hermit of Green Light (1979) and Five Senses (2013), as well as Maninya I  for voice and cello, which is an early example of his celebrated ‘dance-chant’ style and an inspiration for his violin concerto, Maninyas. Also on the program is his Piano Sonata (2011), commissioned by the Conservatorium for Bernadette Harvey, who recently gave the US premiere.

Artists:  Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano  Bernadette Harvey piano  Claire Edwardes percussion  Geoffrey Gartner cello

DATE: 13th June at 6.30pm

VENUE: Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatoirum of Music

For more information click here

   
     

2014

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Halcyon at the Delmar Gallery

Halcyon is a special guest for the annual Blake Concert. 

PROGRAM
Ross Edwards Maninya I (1986)
John Tavener Akhmatova Songs (1993)
Michael Finnissy Motet: Iam mea certa manent from Three Motets, Two Interludes (1991-2006)
Gavin Bryars Lauda 2 & 21 from Laude Cortonese (2002-2003)
Peter Sculthorpe Requiem for cello alone (1979)
John Cage The Widow of Eighteen Springs
(1942) and A Flower (1950)
Libby Larsen Liebeslied from Beloved, Thou Hast Brought Me Many Flowers (1994)

Artists:  Alison Morgan soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano  Geoffrey Gartner cello

Date: Tuesday 18 February 2014
Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Delmar Gallery 144 Victoria St Ashfield

 

15 and 29 March 2014

KINGFISHER - Songs for Halcyon 

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.

Featuring newly commissioned 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, Rosalind Page, John Peterson, Andrew Schultz, Paul Stanhope, Jane Stanley, Nicholas Vines, Dan Walker and Gillian Whitehead.  

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

Read more about Kingfisher here

Read a review of Concert 1 here Read a review of Concert 2 here

Kingfisher – Songs for Halcyon
Concert 1 -
Saturday 15 March 2014
Concert 2 - Saturday 29 March 2014
Time: 6pm

Venue: The Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie St, Sydney

CONCERT 1:

Stuart Greenbaum         Opalescence

Katy Abbott                   Follow Me Through the Shadow

Moya Henderson            I Lost a World the Other Day

Nicholas Vines               The King’s Manifesto

Raffaele Marcellino         Turbulent Passions Calm

Paul Stanhope                My Love in Her Attire

John Peterson                See the Prismatic Colours

Ross Edwards                 The Tranquil Mind

Elliott Gyger                  The Pleiades at Midnight

Stephen Adams              Sometimes Snow Fell...

Kevin March                   Sea-blue Bird

Artists

Alison Morgan soprano,  Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano,  Laura Chislett Jones piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute,  Jason Noble clarinet, percussion,  Geoffrey Gartner cello,  Jess Ciampa percussion

CONCERT 2: 

Andrew Ford                    To My Excellent Lucasia, on our Friendship

Jane Stanley                    Round the Bay

Gillian Whitehead             All One Water

Dan Walker                      The Mystic Blue

Nigel Butterley                 Nature Changes at the Speed of Life

Gordon Kerry                   Music (La Musique)

Andrew Schultz                Lake Moonrise

Sharon Calcraft                Verathmende, Schillernde, Blitzende...

Rosalind Page                  Aquila’s Wing

Graham Hair                   All About Anna

Artists

Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Laura Chislett Jones piccolo, flute, alto flute, Jason Noble clarinet, bass clarinet, Geoffrey Gartner cello, William Jackson percussion

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the
Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

 

Friday 9 May 2014 at 7pm

Women's Work

Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Continuing its 15th birthday celebrations, Halcyon presents a program of English and Australian works by women, revisiting the captivating music of Rosalind Page, Elisabeth Lutyens and Kerry Andrew, exploring the work of Helen Gifford for the first time and premiering a new chamber cycle by Moya Henderson.

PROGRAM

Kerry Andrew               fruit songs (2001)
Elisabeth Lutyens         The Valley of Hatsu-Se (1965)
Moya Henderson          Lovely how lives – Ensemble Version (2013)WORLD PREMIERE
Helen Gifford                Spell Against Sorrow (2003)
Rosalind Page             Hrafnsöngvar (Ravensongs) (2005)

Artists:  Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Laura Chislett Jones flutes, David Rowden clarinet, Alexandre Oguey cor anglais, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Jo Allan piano, Colin Taylor celeste,  Genevieve Lang harp, Ken Murray guitar

Read a review of the concert here and here

Saturday 12 July 2014 at 6pm

Giving Voice

St Bedes Anglican Church
14 College St Drummoyne

The cry of a newborn, the first word spoken after a long silence, the energy of many voices heard as one ... as individuals, we are compelled to give voice to our thoughts from the moment we first utter a sound. A composer, driven mad by this urge, might seek to reveal not only the power of music and language, but the essence of his or her own unique and mature ‘voice’.

The three works of David Lumsdaine, Elliott Gyger and Nigel Butterley in this program are by composers at the height of their writing powers. All three are drawn to vocal writing and all have found their voice through the setting of poetry to music.

Lumsdaine, who has lived mostly in the UK since the 90s, was moved to set The Tree Telling of Orpheus by poet Denise Levertov “as Orpheus' lyre stirred the leaves of the tree”. David was so inspired by this poem about a tree that tells of hearing Orpheus play his lyre, that from the first few bars to the end, “the music spun itself swiftly and easily”. Composed in 1990, this cantata for soprano and ensemble reveals a passion for the natural world, expressed through rhythm, colour and texture; Lumsdaine draws influence not only from western European music, but also from his recorded soundscapes and published archives of birdsong. In his own words, “composition is the activity of listening”.

Elliott Gyger’s giving voice is an intimate look at the theme of early childhood, the limitless potential (and uncertainty) of a new human life and the voice as a symbol of emerging identity. Elliott has set a collection of contemporary Australian poems by women writers together with the early words of his own daughter Sophia. Halcyon has a long association with Elliott’s music, performing and recording his epic From the Hungry Waiting Country and Petit Testament and most recently his Kingfisher piece The Pleiades at Midnight. giving voice won the prestigious Paul Lowin Song Cycle Award in 2013 and receives its premiere performance in this program.

A dominating figure in the Australian musical landscape, Nigel Butterley’s compositional voice is one of tremendous integrity and spiritual largess. His Orphei Mysteria, commissioned by Halcyon in 2008, explores the myth of Orpheus in the hands of Melbourne writer and poet Patricia Excell, who draws on a life-long love of Greek mythology and religion. Butterley often assembles the set texts himself and has been a devotee of the poetry of Kathleen Raine throughout his musical journey. Gyger, who is intimately acquainted with Butterley's compositions and currently completing a book about his music, writes that “even Butterley's instrumental works are often poetic in inspiration.”

Giving Voice will be performed by Halcyon under the baton of Matthew Wood, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, who now shares his time between Australia and the United Kingdom working regularly with some of the worlds leading orchestras, companies and ensembles.

Program:

David Lumsdaine A Tree Telling of Orpheus (1990)
Elliott Gyger giving voice (2013)
Nigel Butterley Mysteria Orphei (2008) 

Artists: Matthew Wood conductor, Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Sally Walker flutes, Peter Smith clarinet, Alexandre Oguey oboe/cor anglais, Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich violin, James Wannan viola, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Giuseppe Zangari guitar

You can read a review of the concert here

 

Tuesday 2 Sept 2014 at 8pm

Stolen

Studio 520, ABC Studios, Collinswood, Adelaide

Presented by the earin festival

“….old elder   young honesty

                                    turned ashen……”

                                                                        Anne Stephenson, ‘Willow Song’

Bursting with musical riches, Stolen explores ideas of displacement, dislocation and identity through the integration of music and visual image. The performances bring together two of Australia’s most innovative new music ensembles for the first time; Halcyon, Sydney’s acclaimed vocal chamber music specialists and Soundstream Collective, the University of Adelaide’s new music Ensemble in Residence. Stolen features works by Australian composers Gerard Brophy, Andrew Ford, David Harris and David Kotlowy and readings by Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney from the Bringing Them Home Report alongside art by one of the country’s most intriguing visual artists Ngarrindjeri-Kaurna-Yunkanytjatjara-man, Allan Sumner.

Program

Introduction by Prof. Lester-Irabinna Rigney

David Kotlowy Mitithi* (2014) 



Andrew Ford Willow Songs (2009) 


Martin Bresnick Prayers Remain Forever (2011) 

Gerard Brophy When Peacocks Dance* (2014) 



David Harris Yurrebilla Climbing* (2014)


* World Premiere

 

Artists - HALCYON & SOUNDSTREAM COLLECTIVE

Alison Morgan  soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong   mezzo soprano, Geoffrey Collins  flutes, Peter Handsworth  clarinets, Janis Laurs  cello, Gabriella Smart  piano, Joshua Hill  percussion


Saturday 6 Sept 2014 at 8pm

Stolen

Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Presented by the New Music Network

“….old elder   young honesty

                                    turned ashen……”

                                                                        Anne Stephenson, ‘Willow Song’

Bursting with musical riches, Stolen explores ideas of displacement, dislocation and identity through the integration of music and visual image. The performances bring together two of Australia’s most innovative new music ensembles for the first time; Halcyon, Sydney’s acclaimed vocal chamber music specialists and Soundstream Collective, the University of Adelaide’s new music Ensemble in Residence. Stolen features works by Australian composers Gerard Brophy, Andrew Ford, David Harris and David Kotlowy and readings by Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney from the Bringing Them Home Report alongside art by one of the country’s most intriguing visual artists Ngarrindjeri-Kaurna-Yunkanytjatjara-man, Allan Sumner.

Program

Introduction by Prof. Lester-Irabinna Rigney

David Kotlowy Mitithi* (2014) 



Andrew Ford Willow Songs (2009) 


Martin Bresnick Prayers Remain Forever (2011) 

Gerard Brophy When Peacocks Dance* (2014) 



David Harris Yurrebilla Climbing* (2014)


* World Premiere

Artists - HALCYON & SOUNDSTREAM COLLECTIVE

Alison Morgan  soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong   mezzo soprano, Geoffrey Collins  flutes, Peter Handsworth  clarinets, Janis Laurs  cello, Gabriella Smart  piano, Joshua Hill  percussion

Sun 21 September - Bellingen Music Festival

Alison performed with pianist Jo Allan at the Bellingen Music Festival

Program featured works by Maurice Ravel, John Cage, Joseph Schwantner, Nigel Butterley, Andrew Schultz and Katy Abbott. 

Sun Nov 9 2014 at 7pm

Halcyon performs Steve Reich with Synergy Percussion to celebrate their 40th birthday

Inspired by African drumming patterns, Drumming was the work that brought Reich major recognition in 1971. A feast for the ears, it's so powerful and mesmerising that one critic noted "it's a shock when it ends." Scored for percussionists, singers, whistlers and piccolo, Drumming rarely comes up on the music calendar so come and see this amazing work live and celebrate 40 years of Synergy as well!

Venue: Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, Sydney


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