"Lacey’s articulation is impeccable, her approach to phrasing delicate and nuanced, drawing the listener in with each lilting sigh, pause, and flourish" - Limelight

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Genevieve Lacey and Marshall McGuire

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10 Jul - 26 Jul 2021

As the world was plunged into lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 last year, recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey began thinking about how she could collaborate with her fellow creatives to produce something that provided a sense of sanctuary. 

Taking inspiration from the bower bird and its ability to create beautiful shelters out of myriad items, Lacey conceived of this exciting program full of old favourites and new works, much of the latter composed by dear colleagues she engaged. Originally intended as a recording project, Artistic Director Paul Kildea proposed that it instead become a stage production for Musica Viva.  

Lacey’s brainchild is now an immersive concert performance, featuring dramaturgy by Ruth Little, sound by Jim Atkins, and lighting by Niklas Pajanti. Lacey herself is joined onstage by friend and colleague, the esteemed harpist Marshall McGuire, to present works spanning the baroque to the present day, with many exciting Australian premieres in the mix.



Discover - Online Concert

On 11 July at 5pm AEST, discover Genieve & Marshall performing in a unique and intimate setting. This live streamed performance will feature a different program, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Tickets available now.

Music by John Playford, Jacob van Eyck, Cipriano de Rore, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Henry Purcell (some arranged by Genevieve Lacey and Marshall McGuire), alongside Australian premieres:

BENNETT Baiyan Woka (arr. Erkki Veltheim)
KELLER I Surrender
VAN REYK threaded in amongst the infinite threading
FLYNN AND HUMPHREY A mutual support for precarious times
VELTHEIM Nocturne over blue ruins
RODGERS Birds for Genevieve

Learn more about each composer:
Lachlan Skipworth
Lou Bennett
Bree Van Reyk
Madeline Flynn & Tim Humphries
Erkki Veltheim
John Rodgers

To our Concert Champions:

  • Anonymous (Brisbane)
  • Sue and Ray Edmondson (Canberra)
  • The Morawetz Family in memory of Paul Morawetz, and Peter Lovell (Melbourne)
  • David Wallace and Jamelia Gubgub (Perth)
  • Katherine and Reg Grinberg, and Kim Williams AM and Catherine Dovey (Sydney)

Listen to the Podcast

In Episode 5 of the podcast, Artistic Director Paul Kildea speaks with Genevieve Lacey. As he eloquently notes in the introduction, to simply refer to Genevieve as ‘a recorder player, is missing the point’, as she has forged a rich career, with credits as a performer, composer, and curator.

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Event Dates


Live Stream 11 July 2021 5:00PM AEST

Enjoy a live streamed concert from the comfort of your own home.


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Single tickets including full price, concession and under 40's tickets are now available.

Family tickets are available for a group of four, with a maximum of 2 adults.

Please contact our Box Office team at [email protected] or on 1800 688 482 if you require assistance.

This concert will be live streamed. Stay tuned for dates and more information.

Listen to the tour playlist