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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

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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.

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

Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this performance explores the Australian origins of songbirds, ‘the birds that can sing’. Such is their evolutionary significance, ‘one may ask whether human music would have reached the heights it has, had the first songbird not sung in an Australian rainforest.’

This work encourages the audience 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 landscape stills, moving images and bird call field recordings sourced from the Cornell Ornithology Lab.

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.

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‘…an unforgettable and inspiring work, that captivated the audience 

amazing, truly special to have witnessed this performance 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

COONAWARRA, SA | SOLDIERS MEMORIAL HALL
11 Memorial Drive, Coonawarra
Wednesday 6th of June | 7:00pm

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MOUNT GAMBIER, SA | LECTURE CENTRE, UNI SA
170-174 Wireless Rd West, Mount Gambier
Thursday 7th of June | 7:00pm

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WARRNAMBOOL, VIC | MOZART HALL
2 Gilles Street, Warrnambool
Friday 8th of June | 7:30pm

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PORT FAIRY, VIC | REARDON THEATRE
WINTER WEEKENDS
35 Bank St, Port Fairy
Saturday 9th of June | 3:00pm

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LORNE, VIC | QDOS ARTS
35 Allenvale Rd, Lorne
Sunday 10th of June | 4:00pm

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YACKANDANDAH | THE COURTHOUSE
4 William St, Yackandandah
Monday 11th of June | 7:00pm

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PAST PERFORMANCES

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

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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