Halcyon

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Halcyon – 2016 Recording Projects

This year acclaimed ensemble Halcyon seeks your support to produce three recordings of recent Australian compositions by renowned composers Ross Edwards, Matthew Hindson and Larry Sitsky.

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Described as “a creative powerhouse for Australian (and international) new music” (SMH, 2014) and “a beacon in Sydney’s musical culture” (Classikon, 2014), Halcyon is a major force in creating and promoting new chamber music for voice.

“These two CDs [Waves I and Waves II] … present composers and performers of distinction and the results are exemplary. May there be many more.”
(The Music Trust, 2015)

Kingfisher – Songs for Halcyon is a substantial project. It has expanded significantly the repertoire of contemporary Australian song, leaving an enduring gift for the future.”
(Sounds Like Sydney, 2015)

Since 1998, Halcyon has presented consistently lauded concerts, showcasing intimate and rarely heard repertoire. Wanting to reach a wider audience and create lasting performances that celebrate the best of both artist and composer, in 2006 Halcyon committed to producing studio recordings of key works. Since then, Halcyon has recorded and released studio versions of 30 new works that showcase new Australian vocal chamber music performances of the highest calibre. Recent reviews have highlighted both their quality and their ongoing cultural value.

In the coming year Halcyon will continue producing high quality studio recordings of recent Australian works and commissions. Projects such as these rely on the generosity and support of donors to reach fruition. Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, provided we reach our campaign target of $10,000.

New compositions deserve to have a long life beyond their first performances and these recordings will enable them to be heard and shared with a much wider audience for years to come. Please lend us your support to bring these pieces to life.

Recordings planned for 2016 include Ross Edwards’ Five Senses (2013), Matthew Hindson’s Insect Songs (1998) and the Halcyon-commissioned A Feast of Lanterns II (2015) by Larry Sitsky.

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Regarded as a leading exponent in the field of new music, Halcyon presents 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.

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 at the secondary and tertiary level in NSW, Canberra and Victoria. Since 2006, Halcyon has also produced a series of studio recordings, showcasing Australian composers and commissions, to make this intimate music accessible to a wider audience. Recent CDs include their self-released EP’s Waves I and Waves II and Kingfisher – Songs for Halcyon.

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Michelle Imison

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Nicole Thomson

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Anne Harvey

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Mavis Hedrik

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Joel Roast

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Halcyon

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tos mahoney

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Lee Street Studios

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Elisabeth McDonald

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Clive Birch

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Merry Pearson

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