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An Astronomer, a Composer

And an APRA AWARD.... come together again.

In 2008 Fred Watson was an unlikely recipient of an APRA Award for his work with Ross Edwards with the work Star Chant. This mystical work was inspired by the celestial heavens above Siding Spring Observatory.

In 2024 they come together again, with a performance by The Song Company for a performance of Vespers for Mother Earth, a newly commissioned work for vocal ensemble and an eclectic array of instrumental forces.

23 June


City Recital Hall - Sydney

Edwards’ signature brilliance is complemented by the program's first half, which showcases music written for The Song Company over the last 40 years by luminaries of Australian music.

Joining an expanded ensemble on stage at City Recital Hall is an eclectic array of instrumental forces led by the groundbreaking Ensemble Offspring. In an eagerly anticipated moment, long-term Artistic Director of The Song Company Roland Peelman returns to direct after a nine-year absence.

Edwards ingeniously weaves symbols of day and night into a profound contemplation on the pressing ecological crisis of our time. It symbolises both a farewell to humanity's destructive dominance and the dawn of a new era — a rekindling of the sacred feminine principle, embodied by the night.

The program's first half is a celebration of the company‘s rich history of collaborations with luminaries of Australian music, including Peter Sculthorpe, Elena Kats-Chernin, Nigel Butterly and Katy Abbott. It also looks to a vibrant future, showcasing the next generation of composers, such as Alice Chance and Sonya Holowell, and a captivating new work by Angus Davison.



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