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Christopher Moore & Caroline Almonte

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16 Nov 2021

The rich-toned viola rarely gets a chance to shine as a solo instrument – but charismatic violist Christopher Moore breaks all the stereotypes, perfectly partnered with Melbourne’s adored pianist Caroline Almonte. The warm, lyrical Romanticism of Brahms connects perfectly with Rebecca Clarke’s passionate Morpheus. Benjamin Britten’s haunting and poignant homage to John Dowland is a gem of the repertoire – and the story of the viola turns another page in this concert, with a brand new work by Australia’s own Alice Humphries.


CLARKE Morpheus
BRAHMS Viola Sonata in E flat, Op. 120 No. 2
HUMPHRIES New work for viola and piano*
BRITTEN Lachrymae, Op. 48, Reflections on a song of John Dowland 

*Commissioned for Musica Viva by Geoff Stearn. World premiere performance.

Alice Humphries

Alice Humphries’s music defies description. The best kind of creative magpie, her acute intellect and endless curiosity see her weave threads of jazz, classical, folk and electroacoustic sounds into an astonishing artistic tapestry. Alice’s new work was written for Christopher Moore and Caroline Almonte, to be premiered at their Melbourne Morning Masters concert on 16 November 2021.

Alice Humphries is a highly versatile composer working across and in between the contemporary classical, jazz and experimental worlds. Her music has been described as ‘bursting with life and fun, as well as great, great beauty’ and ‘deeply thought-provoking... offering both moments of incredible intensity and sublime serenity.’ Her output includes electro-acoustic, chamber, and orchestral music, as well as music for dance, documentary and film. She seeks to create evocative and engaging sound worlds that take inspiration from natural phenomena, and intersections between humanity and nature.


Morning Masters Subscription: $215 (all 5 concerts)

Single tickets: $48 full price, Under 40's tickets available.

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Event Dates


Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Melbourne Recital Centre
Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street
Southbank VIC