Friday, 31 October 2014
"After Julia" is commissioned by Decibel, a new music ensemble led by Cat Hope. She asked seven composers to create works responding to the prime-ministership of Julia Gillard.
One of the composers is Andree Greenwell, for whose piece I (Hilary here) wrote lyrics. It was conceived as a three-part song cycle, beginning with Ms Gillard's acceptance speech, moving through the challenges she faced (specifically, the language and attitudes she encountered that no male leader has ever had to endure), and finally a gospel rendition of the Misogyny Speech - the last of which, due to time constraints, we'll have to save for a future performance. But the first two songs are there in all their glory, beautifully brought off the page by a vocal ensemble of six young women.
"After Julia" will be performed on November 8 at the ABC's Eugene Goossens Hall, Ultimo, Sydney.
The evening will be introduced by Julia Gillard herself, and she will be interviewed by Julian Day on stage as part of the program.
Entry is free, but RSVP is essential.
At time of writing there are only six tickets remaining, so hurry!
You can book here.