Stolen - Halcyon & Soundstream Collective

Date: 2 September 2014
Venue: Studio 520, ABC Studios, Collinswood, Adelaide

Presented by the earin festival

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.

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

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

Giving Voice

Date: 12 July 2014
Venue: St Bedes Anglican Church

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 Midnightgiving 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.

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

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

Women's Work

Date: 9 May 2014
Venue: 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.

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)


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


Dates: 15 March 2014 and 29 March 2014
Venue: The Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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 AbbottStephen AdamsNigel ButterleySharon CalcraftRoss EdwardsAndrew FordStuart GreenbaumElliott GygerGraham HairMoya HendersonGordon KerryRaffaele MarcellinoKevin MarchRosalind PageJohn PetersonAndrew SchultzPaul StanhopeJane StanleyNicholas VinesDan Walker and Gillian Whitehead.

Click here to read more about the Kingfisher project, and listen to several sample tracks.
This program is also available on CD and as a digital download.

PROGRAM 1 - 15 March 2014
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

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

PROGRAM 2 - 29 March 2014

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

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

Program 2 recorded for future broadcast by ABC Classic FM

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

Halcyon at the Delmar Gallery

Date: 18 February 2014
Venue: Delmar Gallery 144 Victoria St Ashfield

Halcyon is a special guest for the annual Blake Concert. 

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)

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

Kingfisher - 15 years of Halcyon celebration

Date: 23 October 2013
Venue: The Sculpture Terrace, Museum of Contemporary Art

An exclusive celebration of 15 years of Halcyon at the Museum of Contemporary Art, overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour!

An undeniably unique evening, featuring a performance of brand new songs on the museum’s fabulous new Sculpture Terrace. Compered by harpist and friend of the ensemble Genevieve Lang Huppert, this very special event is an opportunity to commemorate 15 years of wonderful music making by Australia’s leading ensemble for contemporary vocal chamber music.

Funds raised from the occasion went on to support Kingfisher – Songs for Halcyon, a major commissioning project comprising 23 new songs by 23 composers, which is now available on CD. This incredible collection of songs represents the cream of vocal composition in Australia today.


Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano  Laura Chislett Jones  flutes  Diana Springford  clarinets  Geoffrey Gartner  cello  Joshua Hill  percussion

The Journeys

Date: 7 September 2013
Venue: The Atrium, NIDA Parade Theatres

Presented by the New Music Network

Halcyon performs two hauntingly beautiful works on the theme of journeying; actual, mythical, legendary, allegorical, solitary.

A project some years in the making, Raffaelle Marcellino's A Strange Kind of Paradise is a response to Monteverdi's famous aria 'Lasciatemi morire', the one remaining remnant of the opera Arianna. Based on the myth of Ariadne, Marcellino's new work explores the melancholy of abandonment and uncanny respite achieved from no longer having the torment of others present – a strange kind of paradise.

Last performed by Halcyon in 2006, Gillian Whitehead's epic Nga Haerenga makes a welcome comeback to the stage. Translated from the Maori as 'journeys', Nga Haerenga tells stories about Kuniya, the Woma python tirelessly travelling through the arid centre of Australia, Kupe canoeing to discover Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Shackleton’s epic voyage across the Antarctic culminating in the destruction of his ship, the Endeavour, crushed in the ice.  Voices and percussion evoke the soundscape of each journey; birds, seals, penguins, the cracking of the ice as the ship succumbs to its end. This exceptional work comes to a profound close with the 9th century Latin poem ‘Clangam Filii’, an allegorical journey of the soul.

Raffaelle Marcellino  - A Strange Kind of Paradise (2013) 
Gillian Whitehead - Nga Haerenga (2000)

Alison Morgan soprano   Belinda Montgomery soprano   Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano   Jo Burton mezzo soprano  Genevieve Lang harp   Claire Edwardes percussion   Tony Llewellyn Jones narrator  Michael Bates visual media  Liz Duck-Chong  visual media

Image © Michael Bates

From Afar - Halcyon & austraLYSIS

Date: 24 November 2012
Venue: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Presented by the New Music Network

In a welcome reunion of singers and sound artists, Halcyon and austraLYSIS continue their encounters in voice and electroacoustics, this time joined by freelance sound artist and composer Jon Drummond. Program includes new works by Roger Dean and Jon Drummond.

Morton Feldman - Voices and cello (1973)
Iannis Xenakis - Orient-Occident (1962)
Jon Drummond - Book of Changes III (2012)*
Kaija Saariaho - Lonh (1996)
Roger Dean - Akurra: Lives in a new world (2012)*
* World Premiere

Alison Morgan  soprano  Jo Burton  mezzo soprano  Roger Dean  sound artist  Jon Drummond  sound artist  Geoff Gartner  cello

A Sense of Connection - Halcyon & Acacia Quartet

Date: 31 August 2012
Venue: The New Hall, Sydney Grammar School

Presented in collaboration with Acacia Quartet

Halcyon & Acacia Quartet

A Sense of Connection brings together for the first time ‘new music champions’ Halcyon and Sydney’s newest ensemble, Acacia Quartet. Lovingly programmed by the two ensembles with all the music written in the past decade, the concert celebrates a shared passion for new music and the very personal relationships between the ensembles and the composers who create it.

Program features the Australian premiere of Gordon Kerry’s Goodison Quartet no. 1, the world premiere of Lyle Chan's Mark and Adrian are her sons, Graham Hair's Octet with Voices  and recently recorded works by Elena Kats-Chernin.

Elena Kats-Chernin - Suite from Anna Magdalena’s Notebook (2007)
Gordon Kerry - Goodison Quartet #1: Country Music (2004) ^
Osvaldo Golijov - How Slow the Wind (2001)
Lyle Chan - Mark and Adrian are her sons (2012) *
Graham Hair - Octet with Voices (2005)
* World Premiere   ^ Australian Premiere

Alison Morgan  soprano  Belinda Montgomery  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano  Jo Burton  mezzo soprano  Lisa Stewart  violin  Myee Clohessy  violin  Stefan Duwe  viola  Kenichi Mizushima  cello

Recorded for future broadcast by ABC Classic FM


Small Wonders

Date: 2 June 2012
Venue: The New Hall, Sydney Grammar School

Featuring works for duos and trios only, Small Wonders highlights the talents of each of our exceptional guest artists, cellist Geoffrey Gartner, pianist Jo Allan and flautist Laura Chislett Jones.  Alongside George Crumb’s brooding Apparition and Morton Feldman’s ethereal voices and cello, there are works by Kerry Andrew, Giorgio Colombo Taccani, Julian Yu and Nicholas Vines, a recent song cycle by Katy Abbott and two new offerings - Lovely How Lives by Moya Henderson and giving voice by Elliott Gyger.   

Currently ensemble in residence at Sydney Grammar School, Halcyon is delighted to present Small Wonders in the school's spectacular New Hall, hewn out of Sydney sandstone.

Morton Feldman - voices and cello (1973) ^
Giorgio Colombo Taccani - Soleil levant (1994)       
Julian Yu - Three Haiku (1987) °
George Crumb - Apparition (1979)
Kerry Andrew - hammock (2008) ^                                      
Katy Abbott - The Domestic Sublime Pt 2 (2011) °
1. Saucer  2. Garlic  3. At the Clothesline
Elliott Gyger - giving voice (2012) *
Nicholas Vines - Jury’s Din (2010) °
Moya Henderson - Lovely how lives (2012) *
1. Lovely how lives  2. Or Just Miss
* World Premiere ^ Australian premiere  ° Sydney premiere

Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano  Jo Allan  piano  Geoffrey Gartner  cello  Laura Chislett Jones  flute/bass flute

Recorded for future broadcast by ABC Classic FM.

Dreams and Dances - Halcyon and VOX

Date: 21 April 2012
Venue: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

What happens when Vox, Sydney’s sassiest and smartest group of young choristers meets Halcyon, acclaimed champions of new music for voice? The result is a musical feast of recently composed works from around the world, including some beautiful gems by our own Australian composers. From the dreamy, surreal sounds of Saariaho's Nuit, Adieux to the dancing rhythms of Ross Edwards Mantras and Alleluyas, this adventurous program features Vox at their most fearless, with Halcyon's quartet of soloists, percussionist Claire Edwardes and Vox's Musical Director Elizabeth Scott.

Recorded for future broadcast by 2MBS-FM

Arvo Pärt - Bogoroditse Djevo (1990)
Katy Abbott - Aspects of Dreaming (2006)
Elliott Gyger - And I heard a voice out of heaven (1997) ^
Jorge Vidales - Four Bashō Haiku (2008) ^
Dan Walker - Litany of Earth and Sky (2007)
Kerry Andrew - Criosda liom a cadal and O Nata Lux from Dusksongs (2006) ^
Gerard Brophy - Coil (1996)
Kaija Saariaho - Nuits, Adieux (1991/1996)
Ross Edwards - Mantras and Alleluyas (2007)
I Alleluya, Dance Mantra II The Light of Compassion III Sancti Spiritus adsit nobis
^ Australian premiere

Vox, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
Elizabeth Scott  musical director  Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano  Andrei Laptev  tenor  Clive Birch*  bass  Claire Edwardes  percussion

*Clive appears courtesy of The Song Company

Image © Amelia Myers

Sirens at Riversdale

Date: 27 November 2011
Venue: Boyd Education Centre, ‘Riversdale’, West Camberwarra
presented by the Bundanon Trust

The widely acclaimed and stunningly virtuosic Halcyon has been performing and commissioning new vocal music for more than a decade, forging connections with talented Australian and international composers in their search for the best of contemporary chamber music for voice. For artistic directors Alison Morgan and Jenny Duck-Chong, Sirens is an opportunity to relax and make beautiful music with their best friends, who are all exceptional solo artists in their own right. This alluring program features music by some amazing Australian talents including Dan Walker and Graham Hair, alongside some international treats. If you love close harmonies and the entrancing qualities of the harp, don't miss this special event at Bundanon.  
 Dan Walker - King Ludwig’s Swans (2004/09)                   
Kerry Andrew - luna-cy (2001)                      
Ruth Lee Martin - Fairie Lover and Good Wish from Carmina Gaedelica (1999)                              
Nicola Lefanu - The Swallow from Rosetti Songs (2008)                                            
Ross Edwards - The Harp and the Moon (2008)                                                                                   Stuart Greenbaum - Three Songs of Sleep (1998/2006)               
Gavin Bryars - Laude 7: Ave regina gloriosa from Laude Cortonese (2002-2004)                       
Graham Hair - O Venezia (2004)
Alison Morgan soprano Belinda Montgomery soprano Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano Jo Burton mezzo soprano Genevieve Lang harp

First Stones

Date: 19 November 2011
Venue: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Presented in collaboration with the New Music Network

First Stones is Halcyon’s inaugural chamber song project for emerging composers.  This is a wonderful opportunity for emerging Australian composers to explore the intimate realm of vocal chamber music under the mentorship of one of Australia’s leading contemporary art music ensembles.  Nine new composers; nine new works. Nine talented young composers will develop new works throughout the year, under the mentorship of Halcyon and composer Elliott Gyger. Come and hear their final works performed by Halcyon on November 19 and prepare to be surprised, challenged and delighted by fresh ideas!  

Featuring new works by emerging composers Damian Griffin, Lachlan Hughes, Nicole Murphy, Pedro Oliveira Woolmer, Anastasia Pahos, Peggy Polias, Owen Salome, James Wade and Chris Williams, commissioned by Halcyon for our 2011 First Stones project

Nicole Murphy - Temple Bell
James Wade - The Voice Of The Ancient Bard
Owen Salome - The Queen
Anastasia Pahos - Seeking Eurydice
Chris Williams - that a circle, this a line
Elliott Gyger - Petit Testament
Lachlan Hughes - Lines Drawn Of My Cartilage
Damian Griffin - Fzzzt-pop!
Peggy Polias - Digital Lullaby
Pedro Oliveira - In Eternity

Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano  Diana Springford  clarinets  Geoffrey Gartner  cello  Genevieve Lang  harp  Sally Whitwell  piano

Broadcast by ABC Classic FM Friday 13 January 2012, 10.30pm

Life On Paper

Date: 18 September 2011
Venue: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

“Write in this book – Things that I see
Things that I hear and know”

How do three composers respond to three writers from very different worlds?

Take a rich and stimulating musical journey with Halcyon inspired by poets and writers who help us understand our lives from every wondrous angle.

Federico Garcia Lorca’s dark and brooding fragments are woven into George Crumb’s Madrigals 1 and 2; Sei Shonagon, Japanese court lady and author of The Pillow Book, lists her vivid collection of gossip, poetry and observations of court life in a new Halcyon commission by Andrew Schultz, I am writing in this book; and the classical Haiku poet and priest Kobayashi Issa reflects on the small wonders abounding in the natural world in Joseph Schwantner’s Sparrows. All works of exceptional beauty and insight.

George Crumb - Madrigals, Books I & II (1965)
Joseph Schwantner - Sparrows (1978)
Andrew Schultz - I am writing in this book Opus 88 (2011) * 
* World Premiere

David Stanhope  conductor  Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano
Laura Chislett Jones  flutes  Diana Springford  clarinets  Alex Norton  violin  Luke Spicer viola  Geoffrey Gartner  cello  Jenny Druery  double bass  Zubin Kanga  piano  Melina van Leewen  harp  Daryl Pratt  percussion  Anna Zeltzer percussion

Broadcast on ABC Classic FM 14 May 2012 8pm

atmospheres - Halcyon & austraLYSIS

Date: 15 December 2010
Venue: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Presented in collaboration with austraLYSIS and the New Music Network

Renowned for its stunning performances of contemporary vocal chamber music, Halcyon enters the world of electronic music with atmospheres, a sound adventure spanning almost three decades of musical experimentation. In this special collaboration, electro-acoustic experts Roger Dean and Greg White of austraLYSIS transform the pure voices of Halcyon, enhancing the human voice beyond its natural capabilities into intriguing new sound territories.

David Adamcyk - Avant la larme... (2006) ^
Trevor Wishart - Vox 2 (1982-84)
Kasia Glowicka - Luminescence (2009) ^
Kaija Saariaho - Nuits, Adieux (1991/1996)
Roger Dean - Toy Language 2 (2010) *
* World Premiere  ^ Australian Premiere

Alison Morgan soprano   Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano  Jo Burton  mezzo soprano Andrei Laptev tenor  Clive Birch*  bass  James Nightingale  saxophone  Zubin Kanga  piano

Roger Dean and Greg White

Recorded by ABC Classic FM for future broadcast

Where The Heart Is

Date: 7 September 2010
Venue: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music

Date: 13 September 2010
Venue: Bay 20, CarriageWorks

Date: 16 May 2011
Venue: Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne

Presented in collaboration with ANU, CarriageWorks and the University of Melbourne

Renowned for stunning performances of contemporary chamber music, Halcyon shines its light on Australian composers in Where the Heart Is, an intimate and enticing program for two voices, flute, cello and piano. Highlights include the beautiful new Wimmera Song Cycle by Canberra composer Ruth Lee Martin on poems by the internationally recognised Australian poet, literary critic and philosopher Kevin Hart and To the Evening Star by Sydney composer Andrew Schultz, the winning work in the Paul Lowin 2009 Song Cycle Prize.

Ross Edwards - Maninya I (1981)
Anne Boyd - 3 songs from Cycle of Love (1981)
Mary Finsterer - Sentence for Dinner (1986)
Elliott Gyger - Petit Testament (2008) *
Andrew Schultz - To the Evening Star (2009)
Graham Hair - Yigdal (2010) * °
Ruth Lee Martin - Wimmera Song Cycle (2010) *
* World Premiere  ° Canberra performance only

Alison Morgan soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano  Sally Walker flutes  Geoffrey Gartner cello  Sally Whitwell piano

Ross Edwards - Maninya (1981)
Elliott Gyger - Petit Testament (2008)
Mary Finsterer - Sentence For Dinner (1986)
Ruth Lee Martin - Wimmera cycle (2010)

Alison Morgan soprano   Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano Lamorna Nightingale flute  Geoffrey Gartner cello  Sally Whitwell piano

The Late Night Sonic Space

Date: 31 July 2010
Venue: Studio 227, ABC Centre, Ultimo

The Late Night Sonic Space presented in association with the New Music Network
Jenny is guest artist with austraLYSIS.

In the first of two collaborative concerts this year between austraLYSIS and Halcyon, Jenny performs the premiere of two new works by Roger Dean - Wordspotting and Toy Language 1 alongside other austraLYSIS works by Canadian Robert Normandeau, Hazel Smith and Joanna Still (UK) and Roger Dean.

Recorded live in front of a studio audience and broadcast on ABC Classic FM 7 January 2011

Sirens at Carriageworks

Date: 26th March 2010
Venue: CarriageWorks, Sydney
Presented in association with Carriageworks

Entitled Sirens, Halcyon’s first concert for 2010 features the combined talents of five exceptional solo artists in a distinctive blend of four female voices and harp. Sopranos Alison Morgan and Belinda Montgomery, mezzo sopranos Jenny Duck-Chong and Jo Burton and harpist Genevieve Lang are joined by guest flautist Laura Chislett Jones in a sublime performance of music by local and international composers.

Kaija Saariaho - Quatre messages I (1999)   AP
Dan Walker - King Ludwig’s Swans (2004/09)    
Kaija Saariaho - Quatre messages II (1999)    AP
Kerry Andrew - Song of Doves (2006)                  
Kaija Saariaho - Quatre messages III (1999) AP
Roxanna Panufnik - The Spirit of the Saints (2007) AP
Kaija Saariaho - Quatre messages IV (1999) AP
Nicola LeFanu - The Bourne (2008) AP
Raffaele Marcellino - A Strange Kind of Paradise (2010) AP
Younghi Pagh-Paan - Dreisam-Nore (1975)  
Gordon Kerry - Sappho’s Reply (1994)              
Ross Edwards - The Harp and the Moon (2008)   
Kerry Andrew - ojo (2004/07)
Gillian Whitehead - Clangam Filii from Nga Haerenga (2000)
[WP] World Premiere [AP] Australian Premiere

Alison Morgan soprano Belinda Montgomery soprano Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano Jo Burton mezzo soprano Genevieve Lang harp Laura Chislett Jones piccolo, flute, alto flute

This concert is sponsored by Paul Davies Pty Ltd