The surprising connection between the three works on this program is that of wartime conflict and how it impacted each composer. In the case of Australian Matthew Hindson composing in 2015, he was propelled by the mere thought of how a young person in 1915 might face the prospect of going to war. For Shostakovich, this great work was formed from the spectre of a world at war in the mid-20th Century. He found it almost too much to bear and the singular transparency of his empathy with the victims is what makes the work an immensely powerful experience. Most people don’t think of Schubert in terms of conflict, but in fact he was surrounded by the threat of war during the Napoleonic era throughout his short life. One may never know the true impact this had on him and whether his penchant for song grew from a desire to avoid any conflict and embrace love and beauty. We are excited to welcome the wonderful Sophie Rowell with timo-Veikko Valve on this journey of exploration.