• William Barton and Véronique Serret
  • Bushfire Requiem (2022)

  • Wise Music G. Schirmer Australia Pty Ltd (World)
  • Violin
  • 20 min
  • William Barton and Véronique Serret
  • Delmae M. Barton

Programme Note

Heartland explores country, landscape, culture, language and the nature of identity. The unique sound world, created as a collaboration between William Barton and Veronique Serret, was inspired by the Australian landscape and the power of connection to place. Heartland blends the poetry of William’s mother Aunty Delmae Barton with violin, didgeridoo and guitar together with powerful, soaring vocals and ethereal loops and electronic effects.



A new work that encapsulates the very essence of the Australian landscape where we all draw inspiration from and come together in recognition of the elements of the earth and how we must as a humanity look after our country and our people. Telling the story of our creatures of the earth, trees the rivers the replenishing and renewal of country. Song lines mother country. Our ways of our cultural heritage and language as an identity for all Australians moving forward together as one people.

- Véronique Serret and William Barton