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Simone Slattery & Anthony Albrecht | Where Song Began

23 August 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEST

Tickets: Adult $35 | Concession $30 | Under 18 $5

Two of Australia’s most adventurous classical musicians, Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello), are performing their beautiful multimedia show, Where Song Began in Canberra and Yass. Based on Tim Low’s bestselling book, this performance tells the story of the evolution of song, featuring music spanning 300 years, stunning visual projections and an immersive soundscape. The experience has been described as “like being sung to by the country”.

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 50-minute performance explores the Australian origins of song, ‘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.’

Accessible for all ages, this work encourages the audience to contemplate the origin of song and the importance of Australia’s rich and colourful bird history. The program includes music spanning 300 years, from Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and J.S. Bach to Arvo Pärt and new Australian works, enhanced by a film of evocative visual projections, and an immersive soundscape.


  • Arvo PÄRT | Fratres for solo violin, 1977
  • Sarah HOPKINS | Reclaiming the Spirit, 1993
  • Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | The Lark Ascending, 1917
  • Chris WILLIAMS | bird, songs, seas, 2017
  • Ross EDWARDS | Ecstatic Dance No.2, 1990
  • Johann Heinrich SCHMELZER | Cucu Sonata, 1664
  • J.S. BACH | Prelude from Cello Suite No.1, c.1720
  • David LANG | Anthochaera carunculate (Red Wattle Bird), New Commission, 2017
  • Ngarra Burra Ferra – Traditional Indigenous hymn

About the performers:

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.

This performance is supported by Birdlife Australia. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Birdlife or a related conservation cause.



Yass Soldiers Memorial Hall
82-94 Comur Street
Yass, New South Wales 2582 Australia
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