The residency is part of a program run by the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers House Trust, offering year-long residencies to allow composers to focus on their craft while residing in heritage-listed homes in Perth and Sydney.
The Perth resident occupies beautiful Gallop House in Dalkeith, which is managed by the National Trust of Western Australia.
Prelude supports Australian composers with the time and space to create new work by providing accommodation and a stipend to assist with living expenses. It is based on the sentiment expressed by Peggy Glanville-Hicks in 1958 that, “It is apparent that leisure and silence are absolute prerequisites for composers if they are to engage fully the many forms of awareness involved in creative activity.”
The 2023 resident is Jae Laffer, a songwriter, producer and musician. Jae recorded six albums as lead singer and songwriter of The Panics, collecting numerous awards along the way including an ARIA and Triple J Album of the Year. He has subsequently released two solo albums and will spend his time in Gallop House working on a third with a series of collaborators.
Previous Prelude residents at Gallop House include producer Anna Laverty, award winning pianist Dr Yitzhak Yedid, performer/composer Rachael Dease and jazz musician/composer Chris McNulty.
The residencies are open to composers of music of any genre and at any stage of their career. The successful applicants are provided with sole occupancy of the houses.
Applications for the 2023 round closed on 8 August 2022. Visit the Prelude Music Program webpage for more information.