Discover: Genevieve Lacey & Marshall McGuire

Genevieve Lacey & Marshall McGuire


As the world was plunged into lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 last year, recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey began thinking about how she could collaborate with her fellow artists to create something that provided a sense of sanctuary.  

Inspired by the bower bird and its ability to construct beautiful shelters out of myriad items, Lacey conceived of this special program full of old favourites and new works, much of the latter composed by dear colleagues she herself engaged. Originally intended as a recording project, Artistic Director Paul Kildea proposed that it become a stage production for Musica Viva instead. 

Lacey’s brainchild is now an immersive digital concert experience, available to watch from the comfort of your own home. Featuring storytelling by Ruth Little, sound by Jim Atkins, and lighting by Niklas Pajanti, tune in on July 24 at 7pm AEST as Lacey is joined onstage by friend and colleague, esteemed harpist Marshall McGuire, to present works spanning the baroque to the present day. The program will feature many exciting Australian premieres by the likes of Lachlan Skipworth, Lou Bennett, Bree van Reyk and Erkki Veltheim. With tickets starting from just $5, discover an enchanting new sound world this winter and take shelter in the hope and beauty of Genevieve’s vision.



"Lacey's articulation is impeccable, her approach tp phrasing delicate and nuanced, drawing the listener in with each lifting sigh, pause and flourish"
— Limelight

Discover Musica Viva



Music by John PlayfordJacob van EyckCipriano de RoreHeinrich 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

This concert is part of our Discover Musica Viva series – a collection of concerts, webinars, podcast episodes and more.

We want our Discover collection to be inclusive and accessible for all, we understand that not everyone can afford the full cost of a ticket right now. Artists appearing in the series are supported by donations from our Artists’ Fund which allows us to offer flexible pricing from $5 to $25.

Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Online Concert   24 Jul 7PM


$5 - $25 We want our Discover collection to be inclusive and accessible for all, we understand that not everyone can afford the full cost of a ticket right now.

Event notes

Livestream ticket sales close 30 minutes prior to the start of the concert.

Livestream ticket holders will receive a link to watch the performance 24 hours prior to the concert. Please check your junk folder if you have not received it.

Please contact our Box Office team at or on 1800 688 482 if you require assistance.