Hush Vol. 18 - Collective Wisdom

In June 2017, the Hush Foundation launched its National Composers in Residence Project, bringing together the artistry of six of Australia’s top composers and six emerging composers in an ambitious project that engages with adolescent patients at children’s hospitals around Australia.


Twelve composers worked together with Dr Catherine Crock AM and hospital clinicians to engage with young people with chronic illness and mental health challenges and offered them the chance to participate in the project by sharing their stories to inspire the composition of new music.


Composers who took part in the project include: Matthew Hindson and Katia Beaugeais (NSW), Paul Stanhope and Natalie Nicolas (NSW), Stuart Greenbaum and Caerwen Martin (VIC), James Ledger and Olivia Davies (WA), Elena Kats-Chernin and Rachel Bruerville (SA), Maria Grenfell and Thomas Misson (TAS). 


Participating hospitals include: Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Health in Melbourne, Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, Perth Children’s Hospital and Royal Hobart Hospital.


Collective Wisdom is the stunning outcome of the National Composers in Residence Project. This beautiful album features twelve original new works by the participating composers and recorded by ACO Collective - the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s critically acclaimed regional touring and education ensemble. 


Premiere concert performances featuring ACO Collective took place in Sydney and Melbourne in September 2018. 


Collective Wisdom marks Hush Foundation’s first foray into working with artists, patients and hospitals on a national scale. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by APRA/AMCOS and a private donor.


Maria Grenfell and Thomas Misson talk about the process of working with kids and hospitals to create their works for Hush 18 - Collective Wisdom.​

Hush Vol. 18: Collective Wisdom Broadcast on ABC Classic FM

At City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney on 16 September 2018, ABC Classic FM broadcast the launch of Hush Vol. 18: Collective Wisdom, presented by Ed Ayres.

ACO Collective with Dr Cath Crock at Trackdown Studios, Sydney.

Composers  Caerwen Martin and Stuart Greenbaum with patients and staff at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.