"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, 1958
The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' House at 45 Ormond Street, Paddington was the residence of leading composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks and was her gift to the future of Australian music upon her death in 1990.
Peggy Glanville-Hicks knew from experience the difficulty of being creative while providing for the necessities of living and her research into American composers found that "the best works of a majority of composers were those written on a Fellowship or underwritten leisure."
Peggy Glanville-Hicks provided for her home to be used as a Composers' House, with the hope "that the residency in the Trust house will create a haven and peace of mind which will enable the composer in residence to further his or her creative work."
The result was the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' Trust. Restored with the aid of the Arts NSW, the Australian Council for the Arts and sponsors, the House was opened on the 11 October, 1993 and is maintained by royalties from Peggy Glanville-Hicks' works, Since then, over 18 composers, performers and artists have sought a 'haven' within its walls.
The Annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address
Read it here
The ‘Friends of Peggy's House’
The 'Friends of Peggy's House' are a support group of music lovers who live in and around Ormond Street, Paddington. They are a resource group who meet with the resident composer(s), introducing them to the area and providing a local contact group for any support required. This includes IT support, details for piano tuning, house maintenance, and concert presentation assistance. They also invite the resident composer to informal gatherings at their houses. In short, they form a practical human interface to assist in making the residency as comfortable as possible.
Assoc. Professor Ross Steele (Chairman)
Margherita and Bill Robinson
Adrian (poet) and Nick (artist)
Simon and Zina Ioannou
Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald