Whirlwind week for Concerto Copenhagen
The second week of Concerto Copenhagen’s Australian tour proved less stressful than the first, though not without its demands. Concerts in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra were augmented by a live broadcast and post-concert discussions (including one in which Jane Gower described period instrumentalists as ‘mongrels’). Group members also took time out to go bush walking, where kangaroo spotting was a highlight, visit art galleries, and we believe there was even a game of golf.
On Wednesday evening in Canberra the Danish Ambassador Her Excellency Susanne Shine hosted a reception for the group at her residence. Musica Viva supporters, Canberra notables and media enjoyed good conversation with group members, as well as Jane Gower’s parents who are Canberra locals and were more than happy to share anecdotes about their daughter, her career and travels.
Last Friday the group stopped by Musica Viva’s Sydney office for drinks and a Q&A with staff. Unfortunately Lars Ulrik Mortensen was unable to join in drinks as he was expected at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the evening for a period performance masterclass. After Saturday’s Sydney matinee performance, Jane Gower and Genevieve Lacey joined Lars Ulrik Mortensen in a special trio performance for Musica Viva’s Amadeus society.
Yesterday Concerto Copenhagen performed in Newcastle while today they travel to Perth for some rest and acclimatisation in time for Thursday night’s final concert of the tour.