Sophie Gent – Baroque Violin

Genesis Baroque welcomes back one of its most cherished guest artists, the stunning Australian ex-patriate violinist Sophie Gent, following her collaboration with the ensemble for its 2020 recording of Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerti Grossi. Gent returns to direct and solo with the ensemble in a sublime program of Johann Sebastian Bach’s works for strings, including the Concerto for Two Violins with Genesis Baroque’s concertmaster, Lucinda Moon.


J.S. Bach – Orchestral Suite No.3 in D Major, BWV 1068
J.S. Bach – Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042
J.S. Bach – Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043

Concert duration: 1 hour (no interval)


Saturday 5 August 2023, 5pm – Bendigo Town Hall

Sunday 6 August 2023, 5pm – 75 Reid St, Fitzroy North

Genesis Chamber Series #1: Kammermusik

As part of its 2023 Season, Genesis Baroque is launching a new series of performances, the Genesis Chamber Series. For the inaugural program in the series, Kammermusik, guest violinist Sophie Gent joins the ensemble in a program of instrumental music from the second half of the 17th century. Featuring composers from Bohemia, Germany and Austria, this highly varied music was written for the entertainment at feasts, serenades and the gathering of music-lovers.

Genesis Chamber Series presents programs throughout Victoria featuring some of Melbourne’s finest historically-informed musicians in chamber works from the Baroque through to the early 20th Century performed on period instruments.


Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Pars I from Mensa Sonora
Dietrich Buxtehude – Sonata in A minor Bux 272
Dietrich Becker – Sonata and Suite in C major, from Erster Theil Zwey-stimmiger Sonata und Suiten, 1674
Johann Rosenmüller – Sonata Ottava à 4
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Pars VI from Mensa Sonora
Georg Muffat – Fifth Concerto in D major, Saeculum, from Auserlesene Instrumentalmusik 
Concert duration: 1 hour (no interval)


Sophie Gent – violin
Lucinda Moon – violin
Jennifer Kirsner – viola
Laura Vaughan – viola da gamba
Donald Nicolson – harpsichord


Thursday 10 August 2023, 7pm – Victorian Artists Society, 430 Albert St, East Melbourne

Saturday 12 August 2023, 2:30pm – Fish Creek Memorial Hall, Prom Recitals

Sunday 13 August 2023, 2pm – St John’s Anglican Church, King St, Flinders

Genesis Chamber Series #2: Mozart & Beethoven

For the final program of the year, Genesis Chamber Series presents two pinnacles of the Classical chamber music canon for wind and strings. Mozart’s graceful quintet for horn and strings (1782), is unusually scored for one violin, two violas, cello, and horn, producing a work that rejoices in the rich alto register of the horn, performed by the exceptional natural horn player, Carla Blackwood. The program also features Beethoven’s much-loved, momentous septet for violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. The six-movement work was first performed in 1800, and is a superb example of the composer’s Classical period imbued with vibrant colours through its unusual instrumentation.

Genesis Chamber Series presents programs throughout Victoria featuring some of Melbourne’s finest historically-informed musicians in chamber works from the Baroque through to the early 20th Century performed on period instruments.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Horn Quintet in E flat major, K407
Ludwig van Beethoven – Septet in E flat major, Op.20


Jennifer Kirsner – violin
Meg Cohen – viola
Susanna Ling – viola
Josephine Vains – cello
Miranda Hill – bass
Carla Blackwood – horn
Craig Hill – clarinet
Brock Imison – bassoon

Concert duration: 1 hour (no interval)


Sunday 19 November, 2:30pm – Wesley of Warragul

Tuesday 21 November 2023, 7pm – Noisy Ritual Urban Winery

Sunday 26 November 2023, 2pm – St John’s Anglican Church, King St, Flinders


Sara Macliver – The Italian Tour @ Geelong Gallery

Genesis Baroque is joined by soprano Sara Macliver – one of Australia’s most renowned performers of Baroque repertoire. The program is a celebration of the Italian Baroque, centred around Alessandro Scarlatti’s sublime cantata ‘Bella Madre dei Fiori’. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Sara Macliver on tour with the ensemble for their inaugural regional Victorian performances!


Antonio Vivaldi – Trio Sonata Op.1 No.5 in F Major, RV 69

Alessandro Scarlatti – Bella Madre dei Fiori

Claudio Monteverdi – Quel Sguardo

Biagio Marini – Passacaglia in G Minor

Vivaldi – Sovente il Sole

20 October 2022 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Geelong Gallery, Little Malop St, Geelong



Le Parnasse – Sun 25 Apr 2021

François Couperin’s Le Parnasse ou L’Apothéose de Corelli is a picturesque homage to the Italian master through the lens of the French style that had dominated 17th century Europe. This program celebrates the quintessential French and Italian styles through Leclair and Corelli, finishing with Couperin’s wonderful marriage between the two.

Jean-Marie Leclair – Première Récréation de Musique, Op.6

Arcangelo Corelli – Sonata da Camera op.2 no.VI in G minor

Arcangelo Corelli – Sonata da Chiesa op.1 no.XII in D major

François Couperin – Le Parnasse ou L’Apothéose de Corelli

Lucinda Moon & Jennifer Kirsner – violins, Josephine Vains – cello, Peter de Jager – harpsichord

25 April 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sacred Heart Oratory, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St Abbotsford

The Brandenburg Connection – Sun 20 Feb 2022

Ruth Wilkinson (recorder/gamba) and Laura Vaughan (gamba)

Much-loved Melbourne musicians Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba) and Ruth Wilkinson (recorder, viola da gamba) shine in this joyful program featuring two pillars of the German Baroque: J.S.Bach and his great friend, Georg Philipp Telemann, the latter born in Brandenburg-Prussia. These works are the epitome of beauty and elegance – music for the soul!

Georg Philipp Telemann – Suite in D major for Gamba and Orchestra, TWV 55:D6 (Ouverture)

Georg Philipp Telemann – Concerto di Camera in G Minor for Recorder, Strings, and Basso Continuo, TWV 43:g3

Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No.6

Georg Philipp Telemann – Concerto for Recorder and Viola da Gamba, TWV 52:a1

20 February 2022 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

North Magdalen Laundry, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford (map)

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