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.  

In 2013/14 Halcyon proudly presented Kingfisher, Songs for Halcyon - a seminal commissioning project to celebrate 15 years of music making by Australia’s leading ensemble for vocal chamber music.

Kingfisher will contribute significantly to the existing repertoire available for singer and small ensemble, not only expanding the quantity of Australian vocal chamber music available for performance but also creating an important legacy. The project will feature two live concert performances as well as the production of the Kingfisher CD.

For Kingfisher, Halcyon has commissioned songs by no less than 21 of Australia’s most recognised and admired composers, some of whom also happen to be established friends of the ensemble! Each of these talented people has been chosen for their unique voice in writing for singers and for their important contribution to Australian vocal repertoire to date. We’re delighted and humbled that so many of our favourite composers have without hesitation agreed to join us for this exciting venture.

Halcyon directors Alison Morgan and Jenny Duck-Chong have set a task for the composers: put aside that symphony, pause the all-consuming opera and turn inwards for a while; it’s time to think small and write a song. The theme is ‘halcyon’, which can encompass all meanings of the word, from the legendary bird that calms the stormy waters, to the ocean and its moods, to an ensemble that explores new and rarely heard music!

A selection of these songs were previewed on Wednesday 23 October at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where we celebrated 15 years of music making in style. 

The complete collection of these wonderful Australian songs were premiered across two separate twilight programs at the Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music on March 15 and 29 at 6pm.

Recordings of the 21 works were made at Trackdown Scoring Stage in May-July 2014.  The editing process was begun in August. 


Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Laura Chislett Jones flutes, Jason Noble clarinets, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Jess Ciampa & William Jackson percussion


Presented in association with the Australian Music Centre






2014 events

15 & 29 March

Music Workshop

Sydney Conservatorium of Music


2013 event

23rd October at 7pm

Sculpture Terrace

Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George St Sydney



Resonate blogs on the project by

Alison Morgan

Gordon Kerry

Elliott Gyger





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





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