Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' House

A haven for composers.


“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 leisure and silence have become the greatest luxuries in the modern world, and composers less than any other group in art or science are able to command it.”

-Peggy Glanville-Hicks


Peggy Glanville-Hicks

The Australian composer, Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912 - 1990) gave her house to the nation as a residence for Australian and visiting overseas composers. She lived in the house from 1976 to 1990. The house was restored with assistance from Arts NSW, the Australia Council for the Arts and sponsors and was opened by The Hon. Peter Collins, QC, MP, NSW Minister for the Arts, on 11 October 1993.


The fellowship program

The company exists solely to support Peggy’s dream of a fellowship program for emerging composers. With every residence there are the ongoing costs associated with maintenance and upkeep of the property. While the company reaches out to all forms of funding – federal, state governments, corporations and philanthropic foundations – it is especially indebted to the support from donors. With your help we have managed to reach 85% towards our target with still some way to go. Make a donation today at and help us reach our goal.