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German flautist, maker, composer and author, Johann Joachim Quantz is quoted as saying “For that which does not come from the heart does not easily reach the heart.” Well, the heart was exactly where the music came from at the first 2019 concert of The Muses’ Delight held at Church of All Nations, Carlton.

 Bronwen Whyatt, Classic Melbourne, 2019

 

The Muses’ Delight is a period instrument ensemble, led by Meredith Beardmore, flute and Lucy Price, cello. Named after the Greek muse of music, The Muses’ Delight are quickly establishing themselves as a key period instrument ensemble in Australia. The Muses’ Delight are dedicated to historically informed performance practice, with the dulcet tones of the wooden baroque flute complimented by the earthiness of the gut strings of the baroque cello. This sonic dialogue opens a kaleidoscope of colours, which are often complimented by guest artists, creating a rich palette of sounds. 

 

Following their first meeting at the Boxwood Folk Festival, The Muses’ Delight have performed to sold out audiences on their debut tour to regional NSW and VIC, have been guest artists at the Peninsula Festival, performed at intimate house concerts and internationally at the Urbino Early Music Festival in Italy. In 2021, The Muses' Delight will make their Melbourne Recital Centre debut with harpsichordist Donald Nicolson.

Strongly believing that classical music should be for everyone, The Muses’ Delight have attracted a tight knit community of dedicated followers and music lovers, with their carefully crafted programming. With an emphasis on telling stories of the past while drawing connections between history and music, the Muses’ delight their followers through intimate performances weaved with conversation and anecdotes from long ago. Lucy and Meredith have diverse careers and interests, and along with their guest artists, they bring variety, sensitivity and flair to the ensemble, creating a voice that is rich with authenticity.

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Photos: Angus Scott

The Muses’ Delight acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners and custodians of the land where they live, create, perform, and gather. The Muses’ Delight pay their respects to Elders past, present and future.