Alice in Antarctica

Alice Giles


Antarctica is a multi-media performance commemorating the Centenary of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition from 1911-1914.

Experience one of Australia’s most respected musicians, in a personal journey through music and film to honor her grandfather Dr C.T. Madigan.

Works include sentimental favorites mentioned by Madigan in his diaries and new works by Australian composers Larry Sitsky, Martin Wesley-Smith, Nigel Westlake, Jim Cotter and Joshua McHugh, as well as sounds of the wind through the harp in Antarctica, woven together with words and song.

This program features visual and audio material gathered by Alice Giles on her 2011 trip as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow to Davis and Mawson Stations on the Aurora Australis.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Alice Giles electro-acoustic ‘Camac Blue’ and ‘Thom’
Lever Harps spoken word and voice


Gabriel Marie (arr A. Jonas)
La Cinquataine

Antonin Dvorak (arr C. Salzedo)

Traditional (arr C. Salzedo)
Annie Laurie

Purday / Newman
Lead kindly Light

Monk / Lyte
Abide with me

Dykes/Adams (arr A. Giles)
Nearer my God

Scottish Student’s Songbook
The Good Rhein Wine

Joshua McHugh
Billions of Penguins (2010)

Jim Cotter
On not Dancing with Penguins (2011)

Nigel Westlake
Beneath the Midnight Sun
(from the Imax film score ‘Antarctica’) (arr for electroacoustic harp by Giles)

Alice Giles
Southern Ocean Song (2011)

Mary Doumany
Ice – filmed at Davis Station beach

Martin Wesley-Smith
Aurora Wynnis
for singing harpist and electronics (2011)
Text from the CT Madigan Diaries, and the poem ‘Ah Love, could thou and I with fate conspire …’
(quoted by Madigan) from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Larry Sitsky
Wind Harp / Fantasia No.16 (2010) – filmed at Davis and Mawson Stations
Fantasia No. 17 (2010)

Carlos Salzedo