Syzygy Ensemble


10 x 10 Conception to concert hall

10 new works by 10 Australian composers.

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Syzygy Ensemble is an important voice in Victoria’s thriving contemporary chamber music community having delivered over a decade of high quality performances and over 50 world premieres.

Formed in 2009, Syzygy Ensemble is led by artistic directors Leigh Harrold and Laila Engle with support from core members Campbell Banks and Robin Henry. Syzygy Ensemble is raising funds towards the costs of our 2021 season where we explore the aesthetic trends of a post-millennial postmodern world. The series will be presented across multiple venues in the form live and streamed events, broadcasts and recordings in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre, Mlive, MDCH and Tempo Rubato. The highlight of the season will be the premieres of 10 new works by 10 Australian composers.

This work will extend and elevate Syzygy’s dedication to the presentation of new works by local artists, will enrich our arts community and contribute to Victoria’s reputation as an international cultural leader.

Your donation will help facilitate the three steps required to bring these works to fruition:

  1. The conception – your donation will go directly to the commission of new work by outstanding Australia composers Keyna Wilkins and Rosalind Page
  2. The curation – your donation will contribute to the costs of developing and/or rehearsing new works by Zinia Chan, Miriama Young, Cyrus Meurant, Andrew Anderson, Carolyn Schofield, Harry Sdraulig, Hamish Anders and Naima Fine
  3. The concert hall – your donation will ensure that Syzygy Ensemble presents these works to the public at the highest possible standard.

Re-establishing connections with the artistic community post lockdown has never been more important and despite incredible resilience and ingenuity in our sector, resources remain limited. These 10 works currently lie in various stages of readiness and your donation is essential in bringing these works to life.

All donations raised will be used to fund the commission and presentation costs associated with Syzygy Ensemble’s 2021 season featuring these 10 Australian composers.

There is not a single person who has not been affected by the events of this year. Syzygy Ensemble, like so many others groups, has been forced to stop and take stock. We want the end result of this project to be a comprehensive and eclectic celebration of the works, thoughts and responses of these 10 wonderful composers whose voices now have an opportunity to be heard as the live-music scene begins to regenerate itself.

Each of these works taken individually represents a facet of post-modern life. All 10 of them taken together will comprise a formidable body of work that celebrates the power of creative minds in a post-covid Australia, and that will provide something of a legacy document for a unique time in our history.


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Syzygy Ensemble is an award-winning contemporary music group based in Naarm (Melbourne). The members live and work on the lands of the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation.

Since forming in 2009 they have gained a reputation as one of Australia’s finest new music ensembles, lauded for their virtuoso precision, innovative programming, and ability to connect viscerally with their audiences. The ensemble has a strong track record of delivering critically acclaimed new work. Recent highlights include the premiere presentation of Merlyn Myer commission “Song for Dulka Warngiid” by 2019 recipient Deborah Cheetham and Dr Katy Abbott’s Lowin Prize winning composition “Hidden Thoughts” in collaboration with The Song Company.

Syzygy has extensive professional experience and presented recitals as part of the Melbourne Festival, Port Fairy Spring Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Brunswick Beethoven festival and declassified Music series. Syzygy has also presented regular subscription concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre within the Local Heroes series since 2012. The ensemble has been recognised for excellence in performance with a nominated for a Helpmann Award 2012, and in 2014 received the Contemporary Masters Award. Syzygy’s performances are regularly broadcast by the MBS network and ABC Classic FM and in 2015 the ensemble released their debut CD “Making Signs”.


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