25 November 2013
Cat Hope next Peggy Glanville-Hicks resident
West Australian composer Cat Hope has been chosen for this
year’s Peggy Glanville
The residency is a partnership between the Australia Council for the Arts and the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers
Trust. The announcement will be officially made tonight at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks address in Sydney, which will be given by former Four Winds Festival Artistic Director, performer and current Australia Council Music Fellow Genevieve Lacey. Australia Council Director Music Paul Mason said Cat Hope was among a strong field of applicants and she was an outstanding candidate.
The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers
Trust and the Australia Council are very pleased to be able to offer Cat Hope this opportunity for 12 months,
Mr Mason said.
Ms Hope said it was a great privilege to be named this year’s
Peggy Glanville-Hicks resident.
Firstly, I would like to show my appreciation to Peggy, for this great idea to leave her house to composers, but also to the Trust and the
Australia Council for choosing me and managing the residency,” Ms Hope said.
“This appointment means a lot to me, it provides me with a unique opportuni
ty that I could only have dreamt of.
“I am sure Peggy couldn’t even imagine the kind of music that myself and my collaborators will come up with
during my time there.
“I am very excited about having this time in Sydney in Peggy’s house to work on projects s
uch as commissions for pianist Zubin Kanga, percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson, Icelandic ensemble Slatur, the London Improvisers
Orchestra and the development of a new ‘noise opera’ with Jack Sargent.
“I am also planning a number of recordings of exist
mpositions over the year.”
Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers Trust Chair Shane Simpson said the residency was given each year to Australian composers with a strong track record of achievement in the field.
In her will, Peggy bequeathed her house to be a composers
somewhere they could work without having to worry about the rent
,” Mr Simpson said.
When you look at the list of composers who have had fellowships you see how wise she was.
Past residents include Gordon Kerry, Liza Lim, Julian Yu, Mary Finesterer, Andrew Ford, Julian Day, Matthew Hindson and Elena Kats-Chermin. In partnership with the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers Trust, the Australia Council has offered the residency through a competitive grant round since 2012. Applications are encouraged from composers and songwriters of all musical genres and the successful resident will also be provided with $20,000 to create new work and undertake professional development. Applications for the 2015 residency will open in June next year and close in July 2014.