Sirens at the Big West Festival

On Friday 20 November and Saturday 21 November, the recyclables performed an Adam Simmons composition as part of the collaborative performance of “Sirens” at the Big West Festival.

Led by Maddie Flynn and Tim Humphrey, the recyclables joined with a large-scale orchestration of vocal, instrumental and urban/industrial musical and sonic forces. The works were written by leading Australian contemporary composers Carolyn Connors, Aviva Endean, Neil Kelly, Ray Pereira, Anita Hustas, Peter Knight, Genevieve Lacey, and Adam Simmons.

After ominous storm clouds cleared on the Friday night, a large audience revelled in the whirling tubes and ringing chimes of the recyclables’ industrial instruments. The recyclables met Martin Foley, Minister for the Arts and with singer, composer and choirmaster Jonathon Welch. Both the performance and the networking went very well.

Thanks to Adam Simmons whose composition for plastic tubes and metal washing machine casings created the opportunity for the performance. A big thanks to Maddie and Tim for keeping an eye on us, Daniel for being there, and to Anita and Carolyn for their wonderful support.


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