Alan Holley talks about his music

Last week ClassikOn featured a small interview with Alan Holley, talking about his inspirations for composition and rehearsing with Sirius Chamber Ensemble in preparation for this Friday evening’s recital. Read the full interview here.

The program includes two new works by Alan. Cicada Sings for clarinet, violin, cello and piano is a rework of Opal Wings for baroque trio written in 2007, rewritten especially for the Sirius Chamber Ensemble. Also featured is the premiere performance of Two Tredinnick Songs for soprano, clarinet, violin, cello and piano – a setting of two poems by Mark Tredinnick. Known also for his writing workshops and books; The Little Green Grammar Book and The Little Red Writing Book (UNSW Press), Mark has won the Montreal Poetry Prize (2011) and the Cardiff Poetry Prize (2012).

When asked why he chose Mark’s poetry as the basis for his composition, Alan wrote,

“To me, his words seem to sing themselves off the page and I knew I wanted to set his poetry to my music. There is the lyricism of place and time in his words and maybe that is what attracts me. It is a sound of ‘now’ and at times a cry from ‘now’. Mark’s words meld with my music but importantly for me I want the text to emerge from the music as unscathed as possible – the identity of the words and the music as intact as I can make it.”

We are always delighted to have Taryn Srhoj join us. She will also be singing three songs from the folk song collection, Chants d’Auvergne by Joseph Canteloube. Written in Auvergnat, a dialect of the Occitan language, which is considered one of the earliest Romantic languages, the songs describe some of the realities of life, from lost love to loneliness and even a romp in the fields!


Twilight Recital

Friday 23rd June 2017, 6pm

Christ Church Lavender Bay


  • Alan Holley – Cicada Sings for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2017)
  • Joseph Canteloube – Chants d’Auvergne for soprano and piano (1923-1930)
    • Pastourelle
    • L’aio de Rotso
    • La Delaissado
  • Alan Holley – ZOASTRA for solo clarinet (1991)
  • Frano Parac – Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1991)
  • Alan Holley – Two Treddinick Songs for soprano, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2017) *Premiere performance
    • The Kingfisher
    • House of Thieves

Performers: Taryn Srhoj (soprano), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Clare Kahn (cello), Claire Howard Race (piano)

Tickets: $25 Adults, $15 concession & children.

Tickets available at or at the door.

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