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’.
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!
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!
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.
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!