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.

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