Halcyon returns to the stage with After Dark - new Australian music for voice and cello. The program features works that have been a long time in limbo. Four works commissioned by Halcyon early in 2020 will receive their long-delayed premieres - Luke Styles’ Starfish, Anthony Moles’ Mantoux, Cameron Lam's Persephone as a Whistling Moth and Ghosts, a new song cycle by Nicole Murphy. The performance also includes premieres by Aristea Mellos, Alisha Redmond, Brad Taylor-Newling and Andrew Ford and recent works by Alan Holley, Gordon Kerry and Gillian Whitehead.
The four commissions were part of a large voice and cello project, conceived in 2019. Due to Covid and the nature of the pieces themselves, this has morphed into a three stage project across several years with three cellists - the digital concert Holding Light in mid 2020 with Geoffrey Gartner, After Dark with James Larsen in September and a final program in early December with Rosanne Hunt.
Contemporary Australian writers feature abundantly in the program with words by RichardAllen, Laurence Barratt-Manning, Margaret Bradstock, Sarah Holland-Batt, John Kinsella,David Malouf and Mark Treddinick.