Award-winning contemporary music group Syzygy Ensemble invites you to reflect on an age of political and environmental turmoil – and dare to hope.

Inspired by the poetry of Yeats, Irish composer Greg Cafferey conjures serene, bucolic landscapes reminding us of the precious greenery of the natural world. This atmosphere of hope is equally visible in the sublime intimacy of Caerwen Martin’s The Beauty of Now. Combined with John Psathas’s exuberant Island Songs and Ka Nin Chan’s monumental work Our Finest Hour, these soaring works are a vibrant source of inspiration.

Syzygy Ensemble is one of the finest new music ensembles in Australia, lauded for its virtuoso precision, innovative programming and the ability to connect viscerally with audiences.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Syzygy Ensemble


Syzygy Ensemble
Laila Engle flutes
Robin Henry clarinets
Campbell Banks cello
Leigh Harrold piano

Zoe Black violin


Greg Caffrey
…and peace comes dropping slow

Caerwen Martin
The Beauty of Now

John Psathas
Island Songs

Chan Ka Nin
Our Finest Hour


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

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