Federation Hall, Melbourne

The Age, September 2004
Reviewed by Joel Crotty

"Sydney-based Halcyon is a quartet of women singers featuring sopranos Alison Morgan, Belinda Montgomery, Jenny Duck-Chong and mezzo-sopranos Jo Burton. The ensemble champions new music, particularly from Australian composers.

For their Federation Hall recital the group selected pieces from Australia (Graham Hair, Dan Walker and Ruth Lee Martin), Finland (Kaija Saariaho and Kahlevi Aho) and England (Kerry Andrew).

The impressive numbers were Hair’s O Venezia, part one, Walker’s King Lugwig’s Swams and Andrew’s luna-cy.

Occasionally accompanied by harpist Genevieve Lang, the vocal ensemble expertly handled its diverse requirements.”