Kate Miller-Heidke releases ‘The Healing Tree’, the first single from "Nightlight" with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

This beautifully calming song by Kate Miller-Heidke and the TSO is the first single from the “Nightlight” album and is out now!

A powerful song written with Keir Nuttall, ‘The Healing Tree’ sends a heartfelt message of healing at a time when we all need it most.

 

“I’d never heard of anything quite like the Hush project before and creatively it was a really interesting exercise for me to give myself permission to write more explicitly about motherhood,” said Kate Miller-Heidke. The Healing Tree is "meant to be pure comfort, a hug for the heart and the ears”.

Our new Hush album to be released in March 2022

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Emily Wurramura, Kate Miller-Heidke, Mama Kin (Danielle Caruana), Megan Washington, Missy Higgins, and Naomi Crellin join the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra to shed gentle light on the settling hours in our new album, "Nightlight".

These beloved women, their voices, their shared experience and the TSO keep company with the night and those who pace in their slippers, who rock, worry and becalm the dark while the rest of the world sleeps.

Our six artists visited carers, parents, children, babies, patients and staff in hospitals and care communities to listen and to reflect on their own experiences of caring and motherhood. What the artists took away with them helped compose these eleven beautiful songs. Calm, concern, wisdom, hope and love are threaded into lyrics and music that will soothe and carefully hold otherwise lonely night-time spaces.

The Hush Foundation is beyond proud to be releasing our 19th volume of music at a time when our most vulnerable people need a village more than ever before.

Our six artists reflected on their own experiences of caring and motherhood through the unique process of composing for Hush 

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“The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra are incredible. There’s nothing like taking a song that was originally very acoustic and paired back, and putting a world-class orchestra behind it, to really elevate it to epic heights.”
- Missy Higgins

What is Hush Music?​

For 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music that brings calm and optimism to patients and their families in stressful health and care environments.

 

The Hush music collection transforms the environment through the use of carefully curated music from some of Australia’s foremost musicians and talents, and is now played in hospitals, homes and shared spaces across the globe.

 

To date, the Hush Foundation has produced nineteen albums in collaboration with renowned musicians and composers. The Hush album Collective Wisdom was nominated for an AIR Award in 2019 for Best Independent Classical Album and A Piece of Quiet was nominated for an ARIA Award in 2017.

The Hush mission of transforming healthcare through kindness and the arts is more resonant now than ever and we believe that music is a positive force for change.

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Lior and Edgar writing for Hush

"A Piece of Quiet" 

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Gathering of Kindness
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Lior, The Idea of North and Elena Kats-Chernin talk about the making of Hush "A Piece of Quiet"

Dance of the Paper Umbrellas by Elena Kats-Chernin from Hush "The Magic Island" animated by kids from R. Gorbacheva Scientific Research Institute, Saint-Petersburg

'Distance' by Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, from Hush "Songs with Strings"

'The River Bank' from Hush "The Wind in the Willows" by Mark Isaacs

Meet Elena Kats-Chernin

 

Acclaimed Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin, has created works across nearly every genre, from rags to operas, ballets and works for robotic instruments and long and very short pieces for various ensembles and voices.  

 

Elena has worked with Hush on a number of collaborative projects, including Hush "The Magic Island" with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Hush "A Piece of Quiet".