Resources

Halcyon has a range of resources available to watch and listen for free, including In Conversation With…, our composer interview project, a 20 year history of archival performance footage, and a wide selection of tracks and audio samples available to be listened to online.

In Conversation With...

Over the past twenty years, Halcyon has developed many strong relationships with a wide network of Australian and international composers. In Conversation with… is an opportunity to get a little closer to some of these  composers and find out a bit more about them and their work.

In this ongoing series, we discuss with them their craft, their process, their influences, and of course their approach to vocal writing. Recorded in conversation with Halcyon’s director, Jenny Duck-Chong, these interviews have an ease of familiarity but also provide useful insights into each composer’s work, their relationship with Halcyon and the pieces that they have written for the ensemble. Started as a way to share some of the conversations that often remain off-screen, it quickly became apparent that it was an important exercise in exploring the breadth of contemporary Australian vocal writing.

Existing only on YouTube and supported by the Australian Music Centre, the conversations remain technical and yet still approachable, edited into bite-size clips on specific topics that  give insight into the composers’ methods and ideas. An educational resource, a tool for the budding composer and also just a fascinating look into the world of new music, In Conversation With… isn’t simply about interviews, it’s about starting a conversation.

Current uploads include conversations with Elliott Gyger, Raffaele Marcellino, Ross Edwards, Matthew Hindson, Andrew Schultz, Andrew Ford, Katy Abbott and Gordon Kerry and interviews with Helen Gifford, Kevin March and Nicole Murphy are in production.

You can stay updated as new clips go online by subscribing to the Halcyon YouTube channel.


Archival Footage

Nothing can replace the thrill of hearing music played live, of hearing the music being created in front of you, watching the interactions of the players, and being connected to the physicality of the sound and ensemble as it happens. This is one of the great joys of chamber music, to be able to share very intimate music at close range with a responsive audience. However, concerts are infrequent events and dependent on one’s ability to be  geographically close to performers. There will always be people  unable to experience this music live, and for many of the same reasons we want to share  this music  with audiences in the first place, it is important that people are able to experience these works more often and from all over the globe.

While Halcyon has documented much performance history on video, it has always remained locked away and unseen, so we are now making a selection of these video recordings available to the public.

Recorded across our 20 year history, these uploads will be available in perpetuity on Halcyon’s YouTube channel, with new recordings added regularly. To ensure you don’t miss out on an upload, subscribe to the channel or our mailing list.

Halcyon on Youtube

Piece Composer
Three Haiku Julian Yu
Stars Brad Taylor-Newling
Typewriter Music Michael Berkeley
Aster I Sadie Harrison
Nga Haerenga Gillian Whitehead
Winter Fragments Michael Berkeley
Puneña No. 2 Alberto Ginastera
Ombrone Brad Taylor-Newling
I lost a world the other day Moya Henderson
Petit Testament Elliott Gyger
Epithalamium Andrew Ford
Floof (Songs of a Homeostatic Homer) Esa-Pekka Salonen
Nuits, Adieux Kaija Saariaho
Adivinanza De La Guitarra and Pita from Six Caprices Simon Holt
From The Hungry Waiting Country Elliott Gyger
Tehillim Steve Reich
A Strange Kind of Paradise Raffaelle Marcellino
The Tranquil Mind Ross Edwards
Akrostichon-Wortspiel Unsuk Chin
Opalescence Kasia Glowicka
Aquila's Wing Rosalind Page
Grammaire des reves Kaija Saariaho

Listen

Over the past 20 years, Halcyon has amassed an impressive collection of studio albums and live recordings, as well as having performances recorded by ABC Classic FM, Fine Music and others. This vast catalogue allows us to share a selection of our history with you.

You can listen to the following full tracks at the links below.

Piece Composer
Music (La Musique) Gordon Kerry
I Lost a World the Other Day Moya Henderson
No Ordinary Traveller Katy Abbott
apple and blackberry, from fruit songs Kerry Andrews
Claire de lune Rosalind Page
To My Excellent Lucasia, on our Friendship Andrew Ford
Buzz Sally Beamish
Fracture Rachel Clement
Black Anemonesfrom Two Poems Agueda Pizarro
News of a Baby and Unfractured Light, from giving voice Elliott Gyger
Secret Meetings, from I am writing in this book Andrew Schultz
Safety Glass, from Paradise Andrew Schultz
To The Evening Star, from To The Evening Star Andrew Schultz
A Strange Kind of Paradise movt 1 Raffaele Marcellino
Wimmera Song Cycle Ruth Lee Martin
Lífiõ Sjálft from Hrafnsöngvar Rosalind Page

Many of our studio albums are available for purchase and download, which you can find below and in our store.

You can also listen to extracts of:

• Andrew Ford’s Willow Songs

• Ruth Lee Martin's Wimmera Song Cycle

• Ross Edward’s Maninya I

• Matthew Hindson’s Ants in the Shower Recess from Insect Songs

• Larry Sitsky’s Autumn Thoughts, from A Feast of Lanterns II

• Ross Edwards’ The Forest, from Five Senses

• Elliott Gyger’s Petit Testament

• Elliott Gyger’s Part One: Wet, from From the hungry waiting country

• Nigel Butterley’s Orphei Mysteria III

• Dan Walker’s King Ludwig’s Swans

• Rosalind Page’s Llagas De Amor from Sonetos Del Amor Oscuro