Concerto Copenhagen tour begins tonight in Melbourne
After several days of fruitful rehearsal, Concerto Copenhagen, Jane Gower and Genevieve Lacey begin their Australian tour tonight with a concert in Melbourne Recital Centre. If you can’t be there in person, don’t forget the live broadcast on ABC Classic FM. With a diverse program Including Telemann, Vivaldi, Handel and Roman, it is sure to be an exciting night.
Genevieve Lacey reflects on her career and the upcoming tour in an article in today’s edition of The Age:
“I always knew as a recorder player there was no job available to me,” she says. “I had no option but to make my own way by creating a context in which I could play. Otherwise, it would not have existed.”
She enjoys the flexibility of being what she calls a fringe dweller, both musically and geographically, which has allowed her to take advantage of Australia’s more open and flexible attitude to music-making.
“Joining a centuries-long line of tradition is a beautiful thing, but it can be quite restrictive,” she says.
Even so, she acknowledges the “harsh reality” of Australian music-making that some people’s livelihoods are finely balanced. Her solution has been to develop a repertoire covering 10 centuries of music, from mediaeval to baroque to contemporary. “I love it because I can’t imagine being a specialist,” she says. “I find that incredibly disparate projects are endlessly stimulating.”
Read the full article here.
An exciting addition to tour will be entrants from the Classic Recorder Romp competition performing in concert hall foyers prior to selected concerts. The winners of the competition were announced on Classic Breakfast this morning: congratulations to the Perth Recorder Orchestra, who have won a workshop with and private performance by Genevieve Lacey. Congratulations too to runners up Ribatutta, NSW, and Cranbourne Salvation Army Group and Ballarat Grammar School, both from VIC. You can still vote for the Audience Prize by going to the Recorder Romp page on the ABC website.