Jan 27 2011
Alice Giles, Harpist and Head of Harp Area at the ANU, has received an Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship to travel on the ‘Aurora’ to the Mawson Base in February and March 2011. This journey will commemorate the Centenary of the 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Alice will be accompanied on her journey by 2 harps, audio-visual recording equipment, and the music of past and present composers.
Alice is the granddaughter of Dr Cecil T. Madigan, who was a member of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 and she will be the first Australian professional musician to perform in Antarctica. During her trip to the Mawson Base Alice will perform and record music especially written for the journey, as well as music that was heard at the Antarctic 100 years ago. She will also record the natural sounds of the Antarctic for composers and ANU students to use in compositional projects.
Alice will document her journey, with regular updates, photos and Q&A on her blog site ‘Alice in Antarctica’. She welcomes all school groups, interested musicians and community members to interact with her on her travels.