Two years ago, whilst standing on a train platform in Frankfurt, I was notified that I was a recipient of a City of Melbourne Arts Grant for a concert series with my early music ensemble Harken Well in 2020. As we all know, things did not quite go to plan.
In addition to a global pandemic, our project faced multiple emergency surgeries, the unexpected and early arrival into the world of Harken Well’s youngest member, and a last-minute bike accident.
After several reimaginings, we are so pleased to share the results of this project- not a concert series, but a beautiful collaborative film/recording project featuring the unique architecture and acoustics of the Norla Dome- just in time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Stay safe, and hope to see you all in the new year xx
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’.
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!
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.