This Moment Must Be Sung - CD release

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Our latest CD featuring the chamber songs of Andrew Schultz was released on May 1 by Tall Poppies (TP250).  You can buy it from Tall Poppies or Halcyon and other outlets.

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To celebrate this release and give you a chance to get better acquainted with some of this great music, for a limited time you can listen to a selection of tracks here drawn from the three major works on the album: To the Evening Star (winner of the 2009 Paul Lowin Song Cycle prize) for soprano and piano, Paradise for soprano, cello and piano (runner-up for the 2016 Lowin prize) and I am writing in this book for soprano, mezzo-soprano, cello, double bass, percussion, harp and piano.

Our first composer feature album since Cool Black in 2008, it is well worth taking the time to get better acquainted with Andrew's music.

Our thanks to all those involved in the disc: the artists; Luke Spicer conductor, Alison Morgan soprano,  Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-soprano, Jason Noble clarinet, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Anna Martin-Scrase cello, Jennifer Druery double bass, Kirsty McCahon double bass, William Jackson percussion, Rowan Phemister harp, Chris Cartner piano, Sally Whitwell piano; those behind the production; Trackdown Scoring Stage, Daniel Brown, Evan McHugh, Utopia Audio, Tall Poppies and Elizabeth Duck-Chong. And especially the composer Andrew Schultz for composing so many wonderful chamber songs.

Andrew is one of the composers we caught up with last month as part of our ongoing In Conversation With… series so you’ll get to hear him talking more about his work and ideas soon.

A special note on the cover art.  Linden Gledhill is a biochemist-artist who is internationally renowned for his extraordinary images which draw our eyes to the detailed and eye-catching patterns that exist in the world around us often at a macro level. You can see thousands of his images on his flickr page here.  But this image has a particular significance to the title.  One of the areas Linden specialises in is cymatics, capturing images of sound waves on the surface of water.  You can see more images like it here and read an article on the process here. The image on the album cover is one sound wave at nine different parts of its cycle, each image representing a unique moment in time.

A new video series - In Conversation With…

In 2018 we are thrilled to launch a new video series on our YouTube channel, simply titled In Conversation With….  You can read more about the idea behind it here.  

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One of the joys of performing new music is to get alongside living composers and form relationships with them as well as their music. In this series we are talking with composers who have worked with, or written for, Halcyon over the years to give you insights into their works and process from their own perspectives.  Edited into bite-sized clips on a range of topics, the first videos in the collection - featuring composers Elliott Gyger, Raffaele Marcellino and Ross Edwards - are now live on the playlist here and interviews with Matthew Hindson, Andrew Schutz and Andrew Ford are currently in production.

Subscribe to the channel to see the collection of insights from a diverse group of Australian composers as it grows.  And add to the conversation by letting us know what you think.


A footnote:  As the issue of women’s representation in music is a particularly current (and valid) one, Halcyon would like to note that it has always been pro-active in supporting female composers and musicians.  If you take a look at the photos on our repertoire page (here) featuring the most-performed composers in the list, you’ll see that women have made up a high percentage throughout our 20 years. We believe in celebrating the best of music and, though gender has not been a major selection point, as we have always looked to thematic threads to construct programs, we’re proud to have been able to raise awareness of many wonderful female composers at various career stages who we have got to know both here and overseas.  The video series as yet does not reflect this diversity but we are working to get some female perspectives into the Conversation soon.

Welcome to the new website!

It's been several months in the making, but we're proud to unveil this new Halcyon website, redesigned from the ground up to better act as a hub for information, history and resources.

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Halcyon has always showcased an evolving history on our site, but as we move into 2018 with 20 years of experience now behind us we wanted to better reflect the breadth of work the ensemble has created over the last two decades and make it easier for you to explore that history.

Apart from  new look Press and About Us pages  we’ve added a whole new section on our Educational projects and programs.  Going back through the archives, we’ve also compiled lists of the composers and performers who have most often featured in our programs over the years. These people are now visible at the top of The Music and The Artists pages respectively, and we'll be talking a bit more about some of those relationships in the near future.

On the Recordings and Events pages you will find a catalogue of every single release and performance we've done, with details, downloadable material, reviews, audio clips and more! We’ll be adding to this as well as we draw attention to some of the highlights of the last 20 years, and of course we'll be posting to this News page with regular updates, upcoming concerts, reflections and other interesting projects throughout the year.

The Listen page has had a revamp too and in 2018 you’ll also see the introduction of a whole new range of footage audio excerpts and entirely new projects available on our YouTube channel.

For long-time supporters or newcomers alike, now is the perfect opportunity to take some time to have a look around and find out more about some extraordinary music, composers and performances. You can also keep updated with any new additions to the site by subscribing to our enews.

We’ve an exciting new year ahead of us and we're pleased to kick it off by launching this brand new site!

- Jenny