The Poetry of the Present

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Nicole Canham

Read the full 2017 Peggy Glanville Hicks address on how musicians help us find new meaning in our present.

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About the author

Nicole Canham is a performing artist, artistic director and passionate advocate for the central importance of music in people’s lives. She works in mainstream classical performance as a clarinettist and tarogato player specialising in chamber music and collaborations with a range of artists from outside the world of music including theatre, film, photography, visual art and dance. Recent work has included participation in Chamber Made Opera’s performance and recording of Helen Gifford’s Exile, launched as an i-pad application in late 2010, and residencies with new media artist Sarah Kaur at Punctum Live Arts in Castlemaine, Victoria, and at the Centro Nacional para la Musica y las Artes Sonoras, Mexico; and dancer/choreographer Nerida Matthaei at the Firkin Crane, Ireland. As Artistic Director of the Canberra International Music Festival 2005–8, Nicole led the event through a period of significant growth and change, achieving a ten-fold increase in attendance over four years.