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C o n c e r t s

C o n c e r t s


15 July 2023

Bell Bird Fantasias 

Thur 16 Feb 2023

Live in the King's Hall, 1:15pm King's Hall, Newcastle University, UK

Tickets: free entry

​Violin: Shane Lestideau & Keyboard: David McGuinness

A program dedicated to Scottish-Australian music of the 19thC. Shane and David, both passionate about early music performance, focus their attention on a handful of fascinating manuscript collections from the southern shores of Van Diemen's land, Australia's Snowy Mountains and tropical northern Queensland. Strathspeys and Reels as you've never heard them before.

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UK Seminars

15 Feb 2023, Newcastle Uni.
'More Than Music: Creating a Multimedia Experience of Historical Australian Music'

23 Feb 2023, Aberdeen Uni.
'Tropical Strathspeys: Exploring Historical Scottish-
Australian Music Collections'
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Curious Caledonians 

Fri 3 Mar 2023

1pm Aberdeen University, UK 

Violins: Shane Lestideau & Aaron McGregor

Keyboard: David McGuinness

The Scottish music featured in this program has boomeranged its way back to Albion shores after a century or two spent in Australia.Australian and Scottish fiddlers, Shane Lestideau andAaron McGregor, as well as Scotland’s renowned historical keyboard player, David McGuinness, explore the familiar, and exotic, sounds of Scottish-Australian music collections.Strathspey and Reel sets which arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1813 with the Forfarshire fiddler, Sandy Laing, are presented with their new titles honouring Tasmanian people and places.Tune sets from the Victorian Snowy Mountains are played alongside Scotch Fantasias from Penicuik which found themselves transplanted, like Scotch thistles in the tropics, into the hot and humid climes of northern Queensland in the early 20thC. The trio will also perform 19thC Scottish-Australian repertoire recorded with Evergreen Ensemble for an ABCClassics album entitled Curious Caledonians in 2019

For more information on upcoming concerts, please refer to the following websites or contact me for details:

Evergreen Ensemble:

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra:

Melbourne Baroque Orchestra:

On Demand 2020
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"Saturation" by Alice Chance. 

Commissioned and premiered by Evergreen Ensemble at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

Baroque Violin, Baroque Viola, Baroque Cello.

I'm passionate about Australian music and being part of the writing, commissioning and performing of new works by Australian composers. In 2016 I launched the Australian Baroque Sonatas Project (ABSP) with Evergreen Ensemble. The goal is to commission a series of sonatas for period instruments written by Australian composers. Inspired by the music of 17th and 18th centuries, the sonatas are not written in imitation of the 'baroque style' but aim to find a new voice for old instruments within the Australian musical landscape. The first four commissions have been from the Sydney-based composer, Alice Chance.


"Odd Ditty" by Alice Chance

Commissioned by Evergreen Ensemble. Recorded and premiered in 2018

Voice (soprano), Harp, Baroque violin, Baroque Guitar, Bass Viola da Gamba


"Song" by Alice Chance

The commission was enabled by a successful Pozible campaign in 2017 

Solo Baroque Violin



The commission was enabled thanks to the Robert Salzer Foundation.

For string quartet

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