World premiere of musical tribute to asylum seekers

Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender
Composed by Dr Katy Abbott
Performed by the Flinders Quartet with mezzo soprano Dimity Shepherd and actor Richard Piper
Streaming live at 7pm, Thursday 23 July 2020

Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender is a musical response by Melbourne composer Katy Abbott to the many letter sent by Australians to asylum seekers on Nauru last decade, nearly 2000 of which were returned unopened.

Featuring spoken word and music, the piece was to have been performed at this year’s Canberra International Music Festival.

Richard talks to composer Dr Katy Abbott and Flinders Quartet cellist Zoe Knighton about Hidden Thoughts II – Return to Sender

In 2013, barrister Julian Burnside AO QC asked Australians to write letters of confort and encouragement to asylum seekers detained on Nauru. Katy Abbott describes the new work as her contribution to the dialogue.

Flinders Quartet’s cellist and spokesperson, Zoe Knighton, describes the piece as ‘one of the most imporant premieres of Flinders Quartet’s 20 year history.

‘Now more than ever, we hope that this work inspires compassion and empathy,’ she said.

Tickets are $24 including credit card fees and other costs, available at Half the profits will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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