Author Archives: Liz

Welcome to All the Pleasures, Early Voices – 25th May 2021

In this FREE concert directed by Stephen Grant, I’ll be leading an ensemble with soloists from the Early Voices of Melbourne University, in a concert featuring music by the great English composer Henry Purcell, including the Ode for St Cecilia’s Day entitled ‘Welcome to all the Pleasures’.

You can find all the details here.

Chelys Germanica, Harken Well – 6th June 2021 – EVENT CANCELLED

UPDATE: Here we go again… It is with the deepest regret that we announce the cancellation of our upcoming Chelys Germanica concert in Beechworth on Sunday 6th June. We were so looking forward to getting back on stage, but with the uncertainty over the length of the current lockdown, it is impossible to proceed. We hope to reschedule for a later date, and will keep you posted. In the meantime, take care Victoria xxxxx

As concerts slowly start to pick up, Harken Well heads back to beautiful Beechworth for a wintry programme of German Baroque music this June. Join us in the glorious Beechworth Town Hall for works by Schmelzer, Rosenmüller, and Froberger, among others! 

You can pre-book via Trybooking here

Please note, all audience members will need to check in to the event with the Service Victoria app. If you don’t have a smart device, our helpful front-of-house volunteers will be able to assist you. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Outlier at MIUC – 11th May 2021

In our first outing for a long while, experimental-renaissance duo Outlier (Chloë Sobek and me) will be making an appearance at our beloved Make It Up Club this May.

Come and check it out! Space is limited, so be sure to get in early. Details here.

The Elements, AAO at CIMF – 30th April 2021

The Australian Art Orchestra is heading to Canberra for the International Music Festival this April. Come check out a brand new commission, Djiribawal, by the brilliant Brenda Gifford!

Due to strict COVID-19 capacity restrictions this performance will be run twice, at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Details at AAO or CIMF.

Bach, Händel and More, Lunchbox concert, VDB – 20th April 2021

While I’ve been working away behind the scenes as Van Diemen’s Band’s producer since early last year, this April I finally get to play again with the Band after more than a year!

Join us for the 2021 return of our popular Lunchbox Concert Series in the beautiful Ballroom of the Hobart Town Hall, with a concert featuring the wonderful Town Hall Organ!

Venue capacity is strictly limited, and pre-booking is strongly encouraged, which you can do here. More details at the VDB website.

Sound Capsule for Future Humans, ArtPlay – 15th April 2021

The wonderful Aviva Endean and Justin Marshall have dreamed up an incredible sound capsule, that we’ll be burying in a special ceremony at ArtPlay this April.

This is not only going to be amazing for The Letter String Quartet to join in, but also a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to get involved with some improvised music-making, and history-making!

Check out ArtPlay or Facebook for details.

Adalita x Grand Organ – 28th February 2021

Not only will I be playing again so soon with my Letter Loves, Biddy Connor (viola) and Zoë Barry (‘cello), but we’ll be playing with the incredible Adalita and her amazing band, accompanied by the ethereal J.P. Shilo on the grand organ in the Melbourne Town Hall!

Come and check us out for the final night of Melbourne Music Week Ex-tended.

Tickets are selling fast and are available here.

Passions of the Soul, Latitude 37 – 11th February 2021

While Covid-19 keeps wreaking havoc with the Australian music industry, I have the lovely opportunity to fill in for the wonderful Julia Fredersdorff for Latitude 37’s first concert for the year, Passions of the Soul on February 11th. 


We’ll be playing a programme of exciting 17th-C Italian repertoire at Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, so you can join us live or tune in online. 


Concert details are here


Live tickets available here


Digital tickets available here

Photograph of Latitude 37 by Albert Comper.

Innovazione, Harken Well, PSMF – 14th January 2021

At the turn of the 17th Century, the violin, a new kid on the block, was emerging as a serious instrument for musical expression. 

Just as they had been at the forefront of violin building, the Italians were trailblazing virtuoso performers, travelling the courts of Europe to show off their innovative new musical toy. 

In my first performance in over ten months, Harken Well is thrilled to be playing at the stunning Port Phillip Estate for the Peninsula Summer Music Festival this January. I’ll be joined by very special friends Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba) and Hannah Lane (baroque triple harp) for a programme exploring the blossoming of the violin as one of the world’s most popular instruments.

Check here for details and bookings, and be sure to support other events at the Festival too- it’s been a harrowing year for the Victoria Music Industry, and it’s amazing that the Penisula Festival is making live events happen!

Photograph by Greg Harm.