A joyful musical concert, inspired by the wisdom of children, that will resonate equally with the young and the not-so-young.

ARIA award winning singer-songwriter Lior, multi-ARIA award-winning vocal ensemble The Idea of North and renowned composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin wrote and performed the music on the Hush Foundation's ARIA Award nominated album, 'A Piece of Quiet'. This collection of joyful and meaningful music is a treat for young and old. It has been described as ‘a grown-ups’ album for kids’ as well as ‘a kids’ album for grown ups’.

'A Piece of Quiet' is a collaboration between these outstanding artists with lyrics inspired by stories of young cancer patients and other children. The musicians consulted Australian children for lyrical guidance, resulting in a collection of music that conveys the children’s feelings, hopes and dreams in a way that resonates equally with adult listeners.

This live performance of 'A Piece of Quiet' is presented by Australia’s longest-running, most awarded and best-loved vocal group, The Idea of North, and delights audiences with its musically sophisticated and upbeat take on the joys and challenges of being a kid. Drawing on local talent for the children's spoken word and choir parts - 'A Piece of Quiet' gives younger community members the rare experience of sharing the stage with some of Australia's finest musicians.


Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
D
Touring Party
(The Idea of North (5), Sound Engineer & Tour Manager/MC) = 7
Considerations

This show is a wonderful celebration of the children whose words inspired this music – it will engage and uplift the community, and local radio support will definitely help attract families to this show – the music is very catchy, and kids and adults love it. The show does require a PA and a piano, but little else.

The Hush Foundation was established in 2000 by highly awarded and renowned physician, Dr. Catherine Crock AM, in response to her work with children undergoing painful medical procedures at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

Dr. Crock sought to reduce the stress and anxiety felt by patients, families and staff in hospital and the feedback she received suggested that calming music could help to make the hospital environment less threatening.

Dr Crock then collaborated with some of Australia’s foremost musicians and composers to develop specially composed music that helps to evoke a sense of calm and optimism. The first album of Hush music was released in 2000 and in 2018 Hush Foundation will release its 18th album of original music, developed to a specific brief to uplift, calm and reassure the people who spend time in our hospitals and health services.

Hush music collaborations have involved leading Australian musicians, composers and orchestras including Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, esteemed jazz pianists Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould and Joe Chindamo, composer Elena Kats-Chernin, vocal ensemble The Idea of North and singer-songwriter Lior.

In 2016 Hush Foundation was shortlisted for an ARIA Award for its 16th album, Hush 16: A Piece of Quiet.


Company Website
hush.org.au

Unique Selling Point

'A Piece of Quiet' is a unique collaboration between some of Australia's finest musicians and composers that celebrates the whimsical, creative and optimistic ways that children view the world around them. Featuring outstanding and acclaimed musicians at the top of their game, the children who inspired the lyrics and share their voices on stage are the real stars of this upbeat and joyful show. The concert engages local schoolkids and children’s choirs to perform music from the ‘A Piece of Quiet’ album on stage with its creators and presenters, ‘The Idea of North’.

Marketing Materials

Promotional footage including interviews with performers Marketing copy Digital assets including 'A Piece of Quiet' artwork Images from previous concerts Resources for schools/choirs (attached in Resources section)

Community Engagement

• Local school or children’s choirs will work with singer, arranger and composer Naomi Crellin from The Idea of North to learn and rehearse music from A Piece of Quiet, prior to the concert performance. • Local school or children’s choirs will work with singer, arranger and composer Nick Begbie from The Idea of North to learn and rehearse the spoken word pieces from A Piece of Quiet, prior to the concert performance. • Treble Voice music scores are available for several of the songs in the show for local schools and choirs to learn. Opportunities could be created for local choirs to perform these songs during the show alongside the artists.

Further community engagement opportunities: • The Idea of North can be engaged to conduct public singing/harmony workshops • The Idea of North can be engaged to conduct other performances with local school and choral communities • The Idea of North can be engaged to conduct singing workshops in local schools • The Idea of North can be engaged to visit local hospitals and retirement homes to sign for patients and residents (respectively).