What to say about Halcyon? An impossible task I think, but here goes: The elegant and intelligently constructed programs of local and international works; the always high level of excellence they bring to their performances; the close working relationships with composers and the new work developed from these; the many emerging composers who have honed their skills and benefited by the rich knowledge and experience, the intuition, and above all, the care, that Halcyon have invested in their composer development activities; and the legacy that is represented by the impressive list of works commissioned and premiered by Halcyon. We have been blessed by what they have brought to the art that they make, and salute them for their passion, their courage, and their grace!
John Davis, General Manager, Australian Music Centre
It was a huge privilege to be part of the early Halcyon years and an equal pleasure to see how Jenny, Alison and all who have contributed to the ensemble over the years have helped create one of the most innovative and successful new music ensembles in the country. A particular thank you for all you have done to assist the development and support of Australian contemporary music and for giving these compositions such a wondrous platform on which to be heard.
Matthew Wood, conductor
Working with you has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my musical life. To be thoroughly engaged in music making with musicians who care so deeply about what they are doing and who take the time to look into the detail, meaning, communication of every work they present has been a wonderful experience.
Mark Shiell, conductor
I would like to express my thanks to Alison and Jenny for inviting me to perform with them over the past 10+ years. Each concert has been an adventure, a journey of discovery, revelation and realisation, a blending of musical minds (composers, performers and conductors) to create vibrant music, music that breathes, evolves and endures. We are indeed fortunate in Sydney to have two such passionate, generous, musical and entrepreneurial personalities.
Laura Chislett Jones, flautist
Halcyon is a group that has delivered such richness to the Australian New Music community through countless commissions, premieres and your unique, thoughtful presentation. I have had the privilege of having performed many projects with you, on anything within the flute family ranging from C flute to Ocarina! Particularly memorable for me was collaborating in Andrew Ford's "Willow Songs", Claude Vivier's "Bouchara" and of course Steve Reich's "Tehillim". I am grateful for these experiences, working with both of you and also the special instrumentalists you choose.
Sally Walker, flautist
Thank you for more than fifteen years of beautiful contributions to Australian musical life; you've created a unique repertoire and performing tradition. Those of us lucky enough to hear you and work with you continue to be enriched by the experience.
Elliott Gyger, composer
Few contemporary music groups survive for so long nor can boast such an awesome contribution to their nation's creative life as Halcyon.
Anne Boyd, composer
Dear Halcyon, I wish I could have been there with you when you performed my 'Opalescence' and 'Summer's day", but I'm happy that some of my friends were there. A big cold ocean is separating us today, but I hope one day we could meet and celebrate your fantastic craft. The distance has not prevented you from looking over to the other parts of the world for your repertoire, and for that I am very, very grateful. Keep up the work you are doing. You are truly unique, not only in Australia, but in the world.
Kasia Glowicka, composer
"A brilliant concert! Moved to tears by Paradise, thrilled by Smalley's piano trio and utterly entertained by the whole second half, this was impressive programming from start to finish. An inspiring evening. Congratulations and thank you!"
"I was so impressed by the programming, the preparation, the sound in the space, and everyone's commitment to the music.
"We loved the concert … beautiful singing, beautiful music and excellent programming!"
|"Thankyou for the inspiring and oft times unusual music; new to our ears."
“Great programming, lovely music and beautiful performances. Our friends, who are pretty uncertain about anything after Mozart, went home with their feet 3 feet off the ground.”