Alice Evans was born in Perth and began to learn the violin at the age of five. At fifteen she became a student at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, from which she graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Music. She also spent periods of time in London in 1984 and 1987 studying with Carmel Kaine at the Royal Academy of Music. Alice became a core member of the ACO in 1990 and on occasion has been acting Principal 2nd Violin. In 1997, Alice was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to spend a year in Europe studying Baroque Violin. During this time she studied in England, Holland and France and also played with various leading period ensembles including Florilegium, The Hanover Band and King’s Consort. Alice also joined the leading French Baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques for their performances in the Sydney Festival in 1998 and Florilegium for their tour of Australia in 1999.
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We asked Alice a few questions
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Champagne please!
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? Between 50mins (without an interval) & 2hours (with an interval) – and preferably some food & wine nearby 😉
- When should we clap? Anywhere you feel you should – 18th & 19th century audiences also booed, whistled, ate, threw food, played cards, had sex, and drank during concerts. Bring back the opera-concert room mosh pits of early Sydney, Melbourne & Hobart we say – The Tap Room & Theatre Royal Concerts live on where the audience came back even rowdier after interval!!
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