Concerto Copenhagen – harpsichords, recorders and volcanoes
Concerto Copenhagen returned to Melbourne on Friday, having been nearly stranded there earlier in the week due to the volcanic ash cloud hovering over Australia. We’ve heard from many in our Brisbane audience thanking us for ensuring the concert went ahead. One thing that impressed us, however, was the way in which the news was spread quickly and effectively on Twitter and Facebook across a wide spectrum of our audience!
Tonight the orchestra performs in Sydney – at the time of writing only a few tickets remain so it should be a great atmosphere. The members of the ensemble are all excellent musicians but there are a number of exquisite instruments on stage as well. Musica Viva’s own Bill Bright harpsichord will be used in the Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Brisbane concerts (if you thought sending a double bass around the country was challenging, try moving a harpsichord!)Genevieve Lacey has also commissioned a brand new recorder from renowned Australian recorder maker Joanne Saunders, which is receiving its first outing on this tour. While instruments such as violins and cellos are said to improve with age, recorders, subject to moisture from the player’s breath and saliva, do not. Joanne, who has studied instrument-making both in Australia and overseas, crafts all her instruments by hand and has developed a close working relationship with Genevieve Lacey, for whom she has made a number of instruments. Joanne was recently featured on ABC Classic FM’s Music Makers program. Click here to listen to the program.