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.
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'
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
On Demand 2020
"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