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Byline: Musica Viva
Esteemed, classically trained harpists, Alice Giles and Liena Lacey guide students through the frozen wonder of Antarctica with sounds of the harp, seals, penguins, water, wind and ice in their engaging Musica Viva In Schools performance. We caught up with the creator of this concert experience, Alice Giles to learn more about the musicians outside of Musica Viva In Schools, how they adapted to online performances during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, and much more.
Tell us about your performance. What can teachers and students expect, and what is your favourite part of the show?
This is a show about experiencing adventure through music. It reflects the Antarctic experience with a wide variety of emotions such as joy, excitement and the experience of beauty, as well as physical experiences such as wind, cold, and exhilaration, all through a variety of music and visuals. We bring the students on the expedition and invite their participation in finding musical sounds that express their feelings. My favourite part is when everyone joins in with A’Roving - fingers crossed this will be OK to do this term!
Can you tell us about your/your ensemble's history with Musica Viva In Schools?
We’ve been doing the show for two years now, and it always feels fresh. My professional life tends to be more serious, with performances in concert halls playing solo or chamber music. So the Musica Viva In Schools experience is such a wonderful change, where we are able to have fun, interact with our audience and yet still feel we are involved in the important and essential element of musical connection. The enthusiasm and engagement of the students is a huge reward.
Outside of MVIS, what does the ensemble get up to musically?
We are both classically trained harpists. Liena is currently spending a lot of time being Mum to baby daughter Inessa as well as teaching, and I am performing, recording and teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium.