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Artist Biography


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Founded in 1998 by singers Alison Morgan (soprano) and Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano), Halcyon is the only Australian ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and recent music for voice and instruments.

Halcyon draws together some of Australia's most esteemed chamber soloists, conductors and singers, in diverse programs of chamber music from across the globe. Adventurous and sophisticated programming makes every Halcyon performance a dynamic musical experience and an opportunity to hear a wide range of music by living composers, with a special commitment to performing Australian works. Halcyon has developed a core group of singers and instrumentalists but is flexible in its personnel, utilising a varied collective of players for each project.

In recent years Halcyon has emerged as an internationally recognised driving force in the promotion of new chamber music for voice, establishing a critically acclaimed concert series, commissioning and premiering numerous works by young and established composers and directing young composer workshops. The ensemble has performed in grand houses, art galleries, recital halls, at award ceremonies and festivals, held masterclasses for school and tertiary students and collaborated with many outstanding artists and ensembles. Halcyon was a winner in the 2007 ABC Limelight Awards and finalist for the 2007 & 2008 Classical Music Awards.

see a list of artists that have performed at previous Four Winds