Aviva Endean

Cutting Edge: The gift of a residency

The precious time and space, unknown pathways and new connections can lead to magic

When Peggy Glanville-Hicks passed away in 1990, she left her home in Paddington as a gift to future generations of Australian composers, setting up a fund to allow the house to be used for year-long residencies, and noting that “it is apparent that leisure and silence are absolute prerequisites for composers if they are to engage fully the many forms of awareness involved in creative activity”.

This precious time and space is a beautiful gift that I feel honoured to receive in 2021, and to join a lineage of Australian musicians...