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Snow in summer

During the 18th Century, in Scotland, folk songs were regularly performed alongside Corelli and Vivaldi with no notion of one style being greater than the other. Likewise, within the 13 tracks of "Snow in Summer", alongside 18th century sonatas you’ll hear arrangements of folk songs: sparse, ambient string textures, plucked notes resonating like stars in a clear nights sky, and a voice soaring high above.

Snow in Summer is based on the music of Northern Scotland and Scandinavia, with ancient vocal and instrumental melodies interspersed with new composi- tions inspired by rugged northern landscapes. Winter is a time of solitude, but also of festivity and story-telling. Snow in Summer gives the space to reflect on the passing of time, the seasons, memories and loves lost, and connections to the land.

Inspired by the beauty of this repertoire which blends baroque and folk music idioms, Evergreen Ensemble has commissioned a series of sonatas entitled ‘Australian Seasons’, one of which will be premiered at their Snow in Summer concert tour. Written by the young, Sydney-based composer Alice Chance, it explores a new genre of Australian baroque music written in the 21st century.

The Evergreen Ensemble features four richly experienced and diversely talented female musicians from Melbourne, Sydney and Geelong: Shane Lestideau, Claire Patti, Jennifer Eriksson and Samantha Cohen.


Evergreen Ensemble

Evergreen Ensemble is where art music and folk music meet. It features four female musicians from Melbourne, Sydney and Geelong.

Press quotes

“Another Northern-influenced disc comes from all-female, art-meets-folk group Evergreen Ensemble. Between them, Shane Lestideau, Claire Patti, Jennifer Eriksson and Samantha Cohen hail from Melbourne, Sydney and Geelong and here sing a selection of Scottish music that may not be specifically for Christmas, but carries an unmistakable echo of cold nights and warm fires. There’s even a commission, the attractive Odd Ditty by Australian compsoser Alice Chance. So, not entirely Christmassy, but an appealing disc for folk-lovers.”

— Clive Paget, Limelight

“At the end, you’re left wanting more extended tracks from this CD, as well as more information about the music itself. . . these musicians know what they’re after in terms of style and interpretation and, while you don’t come away from this CD enthralled by your experience, you do enjoy exposure to the Evergreens’ gently unassuming enterprise.”

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— Clive O'Connell, O'

Track Listing

  1. Jag Vet en Dejlig Rosa (Traditional)
  2. Unst Boat Song / Guldklimpen (Traditional)
  3. The Snap Dragon James Oswald

  4. Movement 1
  5. Movement 2
  6. Odd Ditty Alice Chance
  7. Tullochgorum / Deil Amang the Tailors (Traditional)
  8. The Snowdrop James Oswald

  9. Movement 1
  10. Movement 2
  11. Ca' the Yowes (Traditional)
  12. Sonata XI for Viola da Gamba Lorenzo Bocchi

  13. Movement 1
  14. Movement 2
  15. Movement 3
  16. Twist Ye, Twine Ye / Blooms Like Stars (Traditional)



Alice Chance

Alice is an Australian composer, conductor, arranger, and lyricist. Her works are performed in concert halls (Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Centre, City Recital Hall Angel Place) and cathedrals (St Mary's Cathedral Sydney, Stanford Memorial Church California, Trinity Church Wall St New York City).

Where to buy

Snow in summer is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

Snow in summer is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
October 2018
© 2018 Evergreen Ensemble
℗ 2018 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 584
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574058420