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22 September 2010

Simone Young's PGH address online

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Conductor Simone Young's 2010 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address is now online in its entirety on the New Music Network website. Young presented the 12th annual PGH address in Sydney and Melbourne in August. In her address, titled 'music in the age of soundbites', Young called for a debate about quality and excellence, and talked about the challenges faced by artists and art organisations in the era of the 24-hour news cycle.

'Why is the pursuit of beauty and excellence seemingly of so little interest, but sensationalism and hints of scandal capture so much attention?', Young asked. 'We, the musicians and artists, must find some way to make the story be about what we do, the music we make and our passion for it, rather than the story of who we are or how we became who we are.'

The New Music Network established the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address in 1999 in honour of one of Australia's great international composers. It is an annual forum for ideas relating to the creation and performance of Australian music.

Further links

New Music Network - Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address 2010

The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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