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Songstresses create beautiful music for children and parents

AUSTRALIAN singer-songwriters are teaming up with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) to develop music that captures the essence of parenthood and the caregiver experience.

Featuring Australia’s leading singer-songwriters Emily Wurramara, Kate Miller-Heidke, Mama Kin, Megan Washington, and Naomi Crellin, the music will form the Hush Foundation’s 18th album.

The Hush Foundation is an award-winning charity that is transforming the culture of healthcare through the arts, reducing the stress and anxiety felt by parents and families in hospitals and care environments.

Megan Washington and Kate Miller-Heidke arrived in Hobart in early September for an intense recording session with the TSO over two days.

Hush Foundation founder Professor Catherine Crock AM said ‘Hush 20: Parenthood’ celebrated parenthood and carers of all kinds, as well as all the different – but equally special – villages that raise us.

She said for almost 20 years, Hush projects had promoted kindness, calm and optimism in environments often stressful and challenging for patients, families and staff.

“For this project, our six talented artists have spent time with patients, parents and staff in hospitals to build on their own personal experiences of caregiving and parenthood as an inspiration for their compositions,” she said.

“From this, they have developed collaborative pieces that delve into experiences of parenthood from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.

“We are very excited to hear the songs that have been arranged for orchestra and will be recorded and played by the renowned TSO.

“Once the album is ready, we know it will make a difference in hospitals, care environments and beyond.”

Megan Washington said the process of writing and recording had been a beautiful experience and hearing the orchestra playing her music for the first time had been magical.

“I’ve always wanted to write a lullaby style of song for my son, and the TSO, with arranger Paul Hankinson, has made my music come to life in a way I couldn’t imagine when I wrote it,” she said.

“The Hush Foundation is an organisation that really cares about what they do and the people they work with, the whole experience has been fantastic.”

The album celebrates the Hush Foundation’s 20th anniversary, with a launch concert planned with the TSO in late 2020.

To date, the Hush Foundation has produced 17 albums in collaboration with renowned musicians and composers.

More than 75,000 copies of Hush albums, as well as extensive digital downloads, have been sold worldwide.

For more information about the Hush Foundation, visit www.hush.org.au.

Caption: Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conductor Ben Northey in rehearsals.