2018 Projects

Acclaimed art music ensemble Halcyon seeks your support for 20th birthday performances and projects.

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This year, Halcyon celebrates 20 years of performing and advocating for new classical music. We are seeking funds to assist us in presenting our 20th birthday performances to our local audiences and to continue to create new recordings and media for our wider audience in 2018.

Halcyon has been a major force in creating and promoting new chamber music for voice for the last 20 years. Active since 1998, Halcyon has presented consistently lauded concerts, produced an impressive recording catalogue and been involved in advocacy, including roles with the New Music Network, mentoring and educating the next generation of composers and performers and having conversations to grow awareness of this intimate art form. Believing new compositions deserve to have a long life beyond their first performances and committed to making this a reality, Halcyon now invests considerable energy in creating recordings and other online media that are helping this music reach a more global audience.

Halcyon is seeking additional funds to support 2018 performances and recording projects and travel costs to film more interviews for our In Conversation With… series, a YouTube resource of short video interviews with composers about their work and works, in Melbourne.

Your donations will enable us to continue presenting our high-calibre performances and help us to continue growing our newer audio and media projects. These resources mean more people can experience Halcyon but also can find out more about the creators of the works and the people and personalities behind the music we perform.

To find out more
– take a look at the website.
– explore our live footage, video interviews and audio on YouTube
– read more about what the press and others have said about us







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Regarded as a leading exponent in the field of new music, for 20 years Halcyon has presented stunning performances of vocal chamber music from around the world, with a special emphasis on Australian composition.

Directed by mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong, Halcyon has showcased many rarely heard international works and premiered new offerings from some of Australia’s most esteemed composers. Since 1998 these ‘new music champions’ have performed on grand and small stages, in grand houses, art galleries, recital halls, at music industry events and music festivals, collaborating with numerous outstanding artists and ensembles and forging connections across the globe with composers, music centres and institutions. 2018 is a chance to look forward and back at the large body of repertoire we have performed and commissioned.

Our performances will include re-appearances of works by Australian composers Ross Edwards, Rosalind Page, Brad Taylor-Newling and new presentations of works by Australians Larry Sitsky, Andrew Ford, Sadie Harrison, and Gillian Whitehead (NZ), Annaliese Van Parys (Belgium), Dai Fujikura (Japan/UK), Robert Lombardo (USA) and a substantial new song cycle, This Kind of Life, by long-time colleague Elliott Gyger in his 50th birthday year.

Beyond the concert stage, as mentors Halcyon has presented concerts and workshops focusing on vocal writing and contemporary Australian song repertoire to composition and vocal students and teachers at the secondary and tertiary level in NSW, Canberra and Victoria. They have since expanded this area of speciality in 2018 by working with emerging composers on a one-to-one mentoring basis and by creating a YouTube series of short composer interviews entitled In Conversation With…, a chance to hear in an informal way from a range of Australian composers about their work and works. Composers featured so far are Ross Edwards, Matthew Hindson, Elliott Gyger and Raffaele Marcellino and interviews with Andrew Schultz and Andrew Ford are currently in production.

Since 2006, Halcyon has also produced a large collection of studio recordings, showcasing Australian composers and commissions, to make this intimate music accessible to a wider audience. This year has already seen the release of two new composer-focused CDs, This Moment Must Be Sung: Chamber Songs of Andrew Schultz and From the Hungry Waiting Country: Halcyon perform Elliott Gyger. Over their 20 years, they have created, or been featured on, more than 15 CDs. They are also regularly heard on broadcasts around the country through national and local radio stations.


Cameron Lam


Gwen Bennett


Joel Roast


Ian Dickson



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