The Composers' House

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.

Can you help?

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.

'Gold Paint and String', The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Trust House
by James Murdoch

In 2007, James Murdoch wrote a personal memory on the history of Peggy's house. This article is now available for you to read online.
...Read the article.

The greek style mural at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ House

Peggy Glanville-Hicks painted a Greek style mural on the northern wall of the courtyard at the rear of her house. It was painted soon after she began living in the house in 1976, after her return from Australia in 1975. ...Read the complete article by Dr Nicholas Hardwick, FSA.

Jennifer Condon conducts the first complete recording of Peggy Glanville-Hicks' opera Sappho with Deborah Polaski in the tile role.

Originally commissioned by San Francisco Opera as a vehicle for Maria Callas, Sappho had never received a complete performance until the Australian-born conductor Jennifer Condon's decade-long dream was fulfilled in 2011 in Lisbon. Visit the Sappho website for more details. You can also visit ABC Classic FM for the podcast of the performance recorded in 2011. The CD can be purchased from Toccata Classics.

Annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address presented by New Music Network

Each year the New Music Network presents the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, an annual forum for ideas relating to the creation and performance of Australian music. In the spirit of the great Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, an outstanding advocate of Australian music delivers the address each year, challenging the status quo and raising issues of importance in new music. Visit the website for details on upcoming addresses and read through past forums.

FILM: Owl Song : with dreams there are no choices

Owl Song is the true story of Peggy Glanville-Hicks, a precocious young antipoedian who defies the conservative social conventions of the early 20th century by daring to follow her dream of becoming a great composer. "Owl Song" a heroic journey about an extraordinary woman making it, against all the odds. It wrestles with universal themes about the nature of success, the power of dreams, the quality of life and the responsibilities of friendship.
Produced by Music Art Dance

Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014)

The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ House Ltd has lost one of its first, and cherished, directors. Peter was a good friend of Peggy Glanville-Hicks and when Peggy asked me to establish the trust she asked that Peter be one of the first trustees. He was not one to only lend his name and status to the Trust; He was an active participant who was important to its success. He was always insightful as to which young composers would benefit from a period of residency at the Composers’ House and was kind, generous but honest in his assessments of the talents of those who were yet to make their mark. After many years as a trustee, Peter became our first patron. The trustees thank Peter for his contribution to the Trust. We will miss him.
Shane Simpson AM, Director
Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ House Ltd

James Murdoch (1930-2010)

Pianist, author, arts administrator, friend and advocate of composers and musicians all over the world. Few have done more for Australian composers and their music. James died peacefully in his beloved Bali where he has lived since 1990. Read the obituary from The Australian


About Peggy

Peggy Glanville-Hicks won an international reputation for her composition, especially as an opera composer, she was the first of the few women who have achieved such distinction in this field.