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THE Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

The New Music Network established the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address in 1999 in honour of one of Australia's great international composers. It is an annual forum for ideas relating to the creation and performance of Australian music. In the spirit of the great Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, an outstanding advocate of Australian music delivers the address each year, challenging the status quo and raising issues of importance in new music.

The annual Address has become one of Australia’s most established and respected events for contemporary practice, providing a platform to express important issues and challenges facing contemporary music today. Due to its positive response within the music community it has been opened to the general public to attend. The Address is the single most important national forum for contemporary music public discourse.

Peggy's Hothouse. A fascinating insight into Australia's only dedicated composers' house, which has become a hot-house of musical creativity, celebrating the generous vision of one of Australia's first international composers, Peggy Glanville-Hicks. Narrated and produced by Thomas Fitzgerald for ABC RN Into the Music.

The event includes the announcement of the winner of the Peggy Glanville Hicks Residency.

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RICHARD GILL, OAM, presents 17th
peggy glanville-hickS ADDRESs

THE CASE FOR NEW MUSIC: "Is it necessary to encourage creative individuals in society if their contributions do not seem to benefit mankind in the same ways science and medicine do? Why, in creative endeavours, does new music seem to lag well behind Dance, Drama and the Visual Arts when once Music was in the vanguard of creative endeavour?

What is it about new opera, for example, which would lead the current Artistic Director of the national opera company to suggest that audiences were to blame for not attending new works? Are we to blame and have we brought this circumstance of resistance to it on ourselves? In this address I hope to provide some answers to these questions and possibly encourage more questions. The discussion must be kept alive and not suppressed by arts czars and bureaucrats who think they know better."


Register HERE for Sydney
7.30pm, Monday  26 October 2014

Sydney University Conservatorium of Music, Sydney

Register HERE for Melbourne
7.30pm, Friday 30 October 2014

Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Melbourne

ABOUT Richard Gill, OAM

Richard Gill was the founding Music Director and Conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera, has been Artistic Director of the Education Program for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music and is currently Artistic Advisor to the Musica Viva In Schools Program.

He has conducted all the major Australian opera companies, symphony and youth orchestras, New Zealand Symphony and Youth Orchestras, Sydney Chamber Choir and Sydney Philharmonia Choir. 2015 will see Richard conduct  Discovery and Anzac concerts with SSO, Ears Wide Open with Melbourne Symphony, “Unwrap the Music” with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and work at the International schools in Taipei and Singapore.

Among Richard’s many accolades are the Bernard Heinze Award, Honorary Doctorates from the Edith Cowan University of Western Australia and the ACU, and the Australia Council’s Don Banks Award.

Supported by Sydney University Conservatorium of Music,
Deakin Edge Theatre and Australia Council of the Arts.

To read the transcripts from past talks click on the name of the speaker located on the right panel.