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Queensland Music Festival brings awareness to the endangered night parrot with world premier event



The melodic call of the Night Parrot will be immortalised in a world-premiere commissioned work by celebrated Australian composer Jessica Wells this July as part of the Queensland Music Festival.


The work commissioned by Queensland Music Festival and Bush Heritage Australia will be performed by dramatic soprano Morgan England-Jones with the Acacia Quartet, with the endangered bird’s haunting call the inspiration for the work. Jessica Wells is one of Australia’s most prolific composers working across concert, theatre, film and television with pieces ranging from solo harp through to full symphony orchestra and was excited to meet the challenge to create a piece around the Night Parrot.


“The marrying of science and art is a fascinating concept and I’m happy that this piece will convey a message to audiences about current topics that affect our nation. The great work that has been done by scientists and organisations such as Bush Heritage to protect what we have and conserve our endangered species is crucial work, and the Night Parrot serves as a totem of sorts to represent what we almost lost, and could lose again if we don’t fight to keep it. “

The Night Parrot is one of the world’s most elusive and mysterious birds, both nocturnal and ground-dwelling and for nearly a century was thought to be extinct. Bush Heritage Australia has established the 56,000 hectare Pullen Pullen Reserve near Winton in outback Queensland, where it is believed that the few remaining parrots reside, becoming one of Australia’s priority endangered species projects.


“Shining a light on uniquely Queensland stories is something that Queensland Music Festival is renowned for and the plight of the Night Parrot brings together a range of stakeholders to use song to aid conservation,” said Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director Katie Noonan. “This unique and innovative chamber piece by Jessica Wells is an aural tribute to an animal once thought extinct and those who fight today for the species survival.”

The Night Parrot will have its world premiere in Winton, the home of the Night Parrot on Wednesday 17 July, before a special performance at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre on Friday 19 July.

Queensland Music Festival Presents The Night Parrot

Wednesday 17 July | Shire Hall – Winton, QLD | 7.30pm

Friday 19 July | Cremorne Theatre, QPAC – Brisbane, QLD | 7.30pm

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The Night Parrot is presented by Queensland Music Festival, Bush Heritage Australia, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Winton Shire Council and proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.


The Night Parrot composition is commissioned by Queensland Music Festival and Bush Heritage Australia. The Winton performance is supported by Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

Queensland Music Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland

For more information, pics, interviews or story ideas, please contact:

Mitch Fresta mitch@sgcmedia.com // (07) 3123 5331 ext 1


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