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Eugene Von Guérard, Ferntree Gully in the Dandenong Ranges 1857, oil on canvas,
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 1975

© Muneer Al Shanti
© Muneer Al Shanti

‘Where Song Began’ is a musical celebration of Australia’s birds and how they shaped the world.

‘…an unforgettable and inspiring work, that captivated the audience ’
'...it moved me to tears... I left feeling I had been sung to by the country'

Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this performance explores the Australian origins of songbirds, ‘the birds that can sing’. Audiences are encouraged to contemplate the origin of birdsong and the importance of Australia's rich and colourful bird history. The program includes music spanning 300 years, enhanced by a film of evocative visual projections, and an immersive soundscape.

Simone Slattery
was recently awarded a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia’s finest ensembles. Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program and is now based in London.

Created with support from the Kevin Taylor Legacy Grant

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Listen to our ABC Radio National Feature

by Ann Jones for Off Track

Part 2: Featuring poet Maggie Slattery

by Ann Jones for Off Track

Upcoming Performances

TASMANIA TOUR

JANUARY 16-29, 2019

Tickets available at the door and online

SWANSEA - Wednesday 16/1, 7:30pm

Swansea Courthouse, 4 Noyes St, Swansea, Tasmania

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ST HELENS - Thursday 17/1, 7:30pm

Portland Memorial Hall, Cecilia St, St Helens, Tasmania

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SCOTTSDALE - Friday 18/1, 7:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Hall, King St, Scottsdale, Tasmania

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DELORAINE - Saturday 19/1, 7:00pm

Little Theatre, 17 Barrack St, Deloraine, Tasmania

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SPREYTON - Sunday 20/1, 3:00pm

Hans Vonk Music House, Spreyton, Tasmania

Door sales only. Enquiries: jessievonk@gmail.com       

BURNIE - Monday 21/1, 7:00pm

Burnie Baptist Church, 57 Mount St, Burnie, Tasmania

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QUEENSTOWN - Wednesday 23/1, 6:30pm

Paragon Theatre, 11 McNamara St, Queenstown, Tasmania

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FRANKLIN - Saturday 26/1, 7:00pm

Palais Theatre, 3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin, Tasmania

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BRUNY ISLAND - Sunday 27/1, 7:00pm

Adventure Bay Hall, Kellaway Rd, Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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HOBART - Tuesday 29/1, 7:30pm

Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA | T.C.L Studio (Premiere)
Friday 10th of November, 2017

LEWES, EAST SUSSEX, UK | WESTGATE CHAPEL
Friday 16th of February, 2018

LONDON, UK | HEATH ST BAPTIST CHURCH
Saturday 17th of February, 2018

WILTON, CT, USA | PRIVATE RESIDENCE
Saturday 24th of March, 2018

NEW YORK CITY, USA | 1 Rivington St 
Metropolis Ensemble
Sunday 25th of March, 2018
www.metropolisensemble.org

NEW YORK CITY, USA | Spectrum
Tuesday 27th of March, 2018
following a set by David Rothenburg
(Author of 'Why Birds Sing')

www.spectrumnyc.com

CLIFTON, NSW | Clifton School of Arts
Sunday 6th of May, 2018

COONAWARRA, SA | SOLDIERS MEMORIAL HALL
Wednesday 6th of June, 2018

MOUNT GAMBIER, SA | LECTURE CENTRE, UNI SA
Thursday 7th of June, 2018

WARRNAMBOOL, VIC | MOZART HALL
Friday 8th of June, 2018

PORT FAIRY, VIC | REARDON THEATRE
WINTER WEEKENDS
Saturday 9th of June, 2018

LORNE, VIC | QDOS ARTS
Sunday 10th of June, 2018

YACKANDANDAH, VIC | THE COURTHOUSE
Monday 11th of June, 2018

WENTWORTH FALLS, NSW | KINDLEHILL PERFORMANCE SPACE
Wednesday 20th of June, 2018

ADELAIDE | T.C.L Studio
Friday 29th of June, 2018

WA REGIONAL TOUR

BUNBURY | Bunbury Regional Art Gallery
Tuesday 18th of September, 2018

MANJIMUP | St Martin's Anglican Church
Wednesday 19th of September, 2018

PEMBERTON | Mill Hall
Thursday 20th of September, 2018

DENMARK | Uniting Church
Friday 21st of September, 2018

ALBANY | UWA The Albany Centre
Saturday 22nd of September, 2018

BRIDGETOWN | St Paul's Anglican Church
Sunday 23rd of September, 2018

MARGARET RIVER | St Margaret's Anglican Church
Sunday 23rd of September, 2018

AUGUSTA | St Elizabeth of Hungary
Monday 24th of September, 2018

DARLINGTON | St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Tuesday 25th of September, 2018

PERTH | Cottesloe Civic Centre
Wednesday 26th of September, 2018

VANUATU RESIDENCY
October 2-10, 2018
Performances and workshops in Port Vila, Vanuatu

BRISBANE | SANDGATE TOWN HALL
Thursday 11th of October, 2018
with special guest Tim Low

GOLD COAST | Home of the Arts
Friday 12th of October, 2018
Opening Ceremony of the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Expanding Field

BRISBANE | St Mary's on the Cliffs
Friday 12th of October, 2018
with special guest Tim Low

Brett Whiteley, The lyrebird, 1972-73, oil and mixed media<br>
The Brett Whiteley Studio Collection © Wendy Whiteley
Brett Whiteley, The lyrebird, 1972-73, oil and mixed media
The Brett Whiteley Studio Collection © Wendy Whiteley
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Make a tax deductible donation to this project
via the Australian Cultural Fund.

Your support will allow us to develop this project for
schools outreach performances, help expand our
touring and commission new australian works.

wheresongbeganbook

The award-winning bestseller that put Australian birds on the world map - nature and science writing at their best.

Tim Low has a rare gift for illuminating complex ideas in highly readable prose, and making of the whole a dynamic story. Here he brilliantly explains how our birds came to be so extraordinary, including the large role played by the foods they consume (birds, too, are what they eat), and by our climate, soil, fire, and Australia's legacy as a part of Gondwana. The story of its birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of Australia itself, and one that continues to unfold, so much having changed in the last decade about what we know of our ancient past. Read More

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Eugene Von Guérard, Ferntree Gully in the Dandenong Ranges 1857, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 1975