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JOIN US: "Where Song Began - The Concert" Portside Gallery, Easter Saturday 6.30 pm

A first for King Island, this is a performance and visual experience not to be missed...

Where Song Began - King Island

Simone Slattery - violin,

Anthony Albrecht - cello

enhanced by a film of evocative visual projections

Saturday 20th of April

5.30 Pre-concert talk begins

6:30 Performance - 50-minute

Portside Links Gallery, Grassy

Reservations here and entry fee on arrival

Adults $5

Pensioners and U18s by donation

All funds in support of bird conservation on King Island "Wings on King"

Accessible for all ages


Two of Australia's most adventurous classical musicians, Simone Slattery (violin, PhD, ANAM) and Anthony Albrecht (cello, Juilliard), are coming to King Island over the Easter weekend to perform their beautiful multimedia show, Where Song Began, as part of FACE (the Festival of Art, Cultural and Environment). 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".

The perfect complement to the theme of this year's inaugural festival, 'Birds in our Lives', Where Song Began has been toured by Anthony and Simone extensively over the last 12 months, and has to date raised over $2000 towards Birdlife Australia's conservation work. Thanks to some last-minute funding from Create NSW, we are thrilled to be able to include FACE in our festival programming.

This is a performance not to be missed!. Listen to their Radio National feature here.

'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.

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.


Arvo Pärt - Fratres for solo violin, 1977

Sarah Hopkins - Reclaiming the Spirit, 1993

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

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