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If Music Be The Food Of Love


Sunday 6 Feb

5:00pm, Geelong Botanic Gardens

presented by the Geelong Chamber Music Society

FREE EVENT (Outdoor)

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Sunday 5 June

3:00pm, McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery

Narre Warren, Vic

Tickets: coming

Be enchanted by Evergreen Ensemble’s new program of ancient Irish airs and celebrated baroque works by Henry Purcell. Irish Gaelic songs and dance sets by Ireland’s famous harpist, Turlough O’Carolan, are interspersed by Handel sonatas and Purcell’s most well-known songs, including ‘If Music Be the Food of Love’ and ‘Come Ye Sons of Art’. The program features some of the finest names in Australia’s early music scene: Claire Patti (soprano, Celtic harpist), Nicholas Pollock (theorbo), Ryan Williams (recorders), and Shane Lestideau (violin, viola d’amore).


Evergreen Ensemble is known for its ability to bridge the gap between folk music and baroque music, performing virtuosic compositions from the past as well as its own colourful arrangements. The ensemble specialises in the music of 18thC Scotland and released two albums for ABC Classics in 2019 exploring early Scottish-Australian music manuscripts and collections. It tours regionally and interstate on a regular basis and has collaborated with nearly a dozen international soloists.

Voice & Celtic harp: Claire Patti

Baroque violin: Shane Lestideau 

Recorders: Ryan Williams

Theorbo: Nicholas Pollock