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Level 3 / 2.15pm - 3.15pm

This program anchors around Gordon Hamilton’s choral work Antarctica. In 2018, Hamilton spent five weeks in Antartica (on an Aurora Legacy Fellowship from the Australian Antarctic Division). In and around Casey Station, he composed both a symphony and a choral work. During this work, field recordings (of ice, ocean, and whales) play from a speaker. The program also features Cries and Whispers by Stephen Leek (Canberra) and Deserts of Exile by Paul Stanhope (Sydney).

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As if the gates of heaven had opened...

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Program

Stephen Leek
Cries and Whispers
Gordon Hamilton
Antarctica
Paul Stanhope
Deserts of Exile

Program current at time of publishing but may be subject to change

Artists

Choir
The Australian Voices
Conductor
Gordon Hamilton

Artist Bio

It is with high artistic energy that The Australian Voices (TAV) commission and perform the work of Australian composers. 2018 commissions include Lachlan Skipworth, Lisa Young, Alice Chance, Joe Twist, Sean O'Boyle and Gordon Hamilton.

Recently TAV has recorded new works intended for “performance” on YouTube. Hamilton’s composition The 9 Cutest Things That Ever Happened (2013) has been viewed over one million times. In 2014 they made international headlines with a video of Rob Davidson’s Not Now, Not Ever! (2014), a musicalisation of Julia Gillard’s ‘misogyny’ speech.

Their album for Warner Classics (2012) was observed by Gramophone Magazine to "boast a crisp, resonant delivery of the sonic goods under Hamilton's confident direction." In 2013 they released a songbook with Edition Peters and in 2016 an album for ABC Classics.

Recently the group has brought their distinctly Australian sound to audiences in Guatemala, Mexico, China, the UK, Germany, New Caledonia, USA, Palestine, Woodford Folk Festival and Hobart Festival of Voices.

To find out more about the The Australian Voices visit theaustralianvoices.com or view their social media channels below.