"Lacey’s articulation is impeccable, ad 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

In 2020, when asked whether she thought Musica Viva could put on stage a program she had conceived entirely for the recording studio – a lovely juxtaposition of music old and new, a collaboration with a dear and well-matched friend, renowned harpist Marshall McGuire – the wondrous musician Genevieve Lacey responded: 

During this time of isolation, people the world round are yearning for shelter, both physical and spiritual. Bower is an associative, ephemeral nest, woven with memories, heart, hope. Musical treasures found, borrowed and made are lovingly fashioned into a sanctuary. 

Accordingly, this program emerges gently onto the concert platform, offering audiences a unique shared experience, enhanced with sound by Jim Atkins and lighting by Niklas Pajanti. Genevieve’s 'bower' is the most authentic extension of the ideas at the heart of one of the programmed pieces, Purcell’s exquisite Evening Hymn

Now, now that the sun hath veil’d his light
And bid the world goodnight;
To the soft bed my body I dispose,
But where shall my soul repose? 


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)


In this special preview of Episode 5 of the Chamber of Musical Curiosities, Artistic Director Paul Kildea talks with the Australian artist 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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