Andrew Ford’s new song cycle, Nature, will have its first performance in Söderhamn. Sweden on 5 September, swiftly followed by an Australian premiere in Sydney the following month and a further performance in Stockholm. Scored for mezzo-soprano, flute, percussion, guitar and cello, it sets words about the natural world and our place in it by Jen Hadfield (Shetland), R.S. Thomas (Wales), Robert Adamson and Maria Takolander (Australia), Tomas Tranströmer (Sweden), Robin Robertson (Scotland), Maija Konttinen (Finland), Edward Thomas (England) and W.B. Yeats (Ireland). Work on the piece was funded by a commission from the Australia Council for the Arts. The Swedish premiere will be sung by Karin Lovelius, with Sareidah Hildebrand (flute), Suranjana Ghosh (tabla), Joakim Lundström (guitar) and Ola Karlsson (cello). The Sydney performance will be by Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo-soprano) with her ensemble Halcyon.