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Jenny Duck-Chong on 20 years of Halcyon by Kate Tribe for ClassikON
"I've never been very good at taking advice from myself! But if I had to ...passion and vision are great motivators to begin something but you need more to last the distance - apart from being excellent at what you do you need unlimited persistence and patience, a positive outlook, a high degree of resourcefulness and problem and good friends and colleagues.

First Stones - a new composer development initiative by Halcyon by Jenny Duck-Chong
Since its inception in 1998, Halcyon has made a very significant contribution to the body of new work for voice created by established Australian composers. This year, the ensemble invites emerging composers from around Australia to take part in FIRST STONES, a new initiative to encourage the development of vocal writing skills. Successful applicants will take part in seminars and workshops in Sydney, with mentorship by Halcyon and composer Elliott Gyger. The project will culminate in November with a performance of the new works by Halcyon, as part of the New Music Network’s 2011 concert series. Deadline for FIRST STONES applications is 14 March.

First Stones - from ideas to fruition by Elliott Gyger
Having participated in numerous composer development programs myself, it is a pleasure and a delight now to be able to pass on the favour to younger composers through taking on the role of teacher and mentor. Halcyon’s First Stones project has been particularly rewarding, as it’s the first program I’ve been in on from the beginning and helped to design...

Kingfisher - songs for Halcyon by Alison Morgan
...rested and ready for a bold new challenge, we’ve asked 23 composers to write 23 new chamber songs for Halcyon. 'Kingfisher' ('halcyon' is the genus name for this dashing little bird) is already proving to be an immensely satisfying venture, though rehearsals are still three months away. The first songs have trickled in, each one a unique instalment in what promises to be the best birthday present ever!

Halcyon: the binary star by Elliott Gyger
For The Pleiades at Midnight I happened upon a delightful metaphor for the ensemble as a whole. Halcyon (in its Latinised form, Alcyone) is the name of the brightest star in the Pleiades – not a single star, as it happens, but an eclipsing binary orbited by three smaller stars. My piece therefore places Alison and Jenny – as joint soloists and co-directors – at the centre, orbited by a constellation of three instrumentalists.

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