Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival
After the resounding success of its debut last year, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival returns to serve up a feast of fine music and gourmet cuisine in historic homes and gardens.
Akin to the mainland’s Huntington, Dunkeld and Margaret River festivals, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival features chamber music performances by leading Australian musicians in historic homes, churches and wineries in and around the charming Georgian village of Evandale in northern Tasmania. This year, the Festival celebrates the villages of both Evandale and Longford as well as music in the UNESCO heritage properties of Brickendon Estate and Woolmers Estate.
The concerts are accompanied by the superb food, wine and hospitality for which Tasmania has become renowned.
Immediately after the tour, you can extend your visit to northern Tasmania by joining our Gardens of Tasmania tour.
“Superb!!! My ears are still reverberating with the delightful music! It would be wonderful if a CD was made with all the recorded performances! Thoroughly enjoyed all venues. Sound was fantastic.”
Maureen B. | Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival 2017
“Beautiful music played by outstanding musicians. The Venues made the music sound so pure, fabulously wonderful.”
Robyn J. | Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival 2017
Suggested arrival in Launceston in the early afternoon. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.
Make your way to the hotel and check in. In the evening join Christopher and fellow music lovers for a welcome briefing, followed by a special welcome dinner.
In the morning, enjoy a pre-performance talk by Christopher on the upcoming performances in the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival.
Then, enjoy a tour of the Gourmet Sauce factory near Evandale. For more than 20 years, this family-owned business has been producing fine preserves, mustards, chutneys and other condiments, making the most of Tasmania’s fresh fruit and vegetable harvest. Lunch is in the factory’s charming garden.
Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
This evening, attend a pre-performance reception at Clarendon. Constructed in 1838, Clarendon is one of Australia’s grandest country houses and is set in parkland on the banks of the South Esk River. Clarendon features heritage walled gardens and colonial outbuildings – all convict-built. The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival opens with a concert by Tinalley String Quartet in Falls Pavilion. The programme will include Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor and Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, with Umberto Clerici on cello. Following the concert, enjoy a drinks reception in the house.
After breakfast, attend a concert by the Australian classical guitar duo Slava and Leonard Grigoryan. The programme will include works by Handel, Bach, Tchaikovsky and De Falla.
Enjoy some free time for lunch in the picturesque historical town of Evandale, a National Trust-classified Georgian village, famous for its unspoiled heritage buildings.
Continue to Woolmers Estate in Longford and re-join the Tinalley String Quartet for an afternoon concert. The programme will include Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and Mozart’s Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, featuring Andrew Seymour on clarinet.
Enjoy afternoon tea at Woolmers Estate and wander through the rose garden before returning to the hotel.
In the evening, attend a concert The Glory of Handel in the Anglican Church at Longford, featuring Erin Helyard (harpsichord) and Jacqueline Porter (soprano) with guest violinist Emma McGrath.
Check out of the hotel and transfer to Josef Chromy Vineyard. Attend our last performance Bach in Barns, a circuit of three barns (Clarendon, Haggerstone and Brickendon) featuring Emma McGrath (violin), Umberto Clerici (cello) and Erin Helyard (harpsichord).
The programme includes the ravishing music of JS Bach, starting at Clarendon with Suite No 2 in D minor featuring Umberto Clerici on cello. Continue to Haggerstone and attend our second concert, Violin Partita in E Major with Emma McGrath on violin. Conclude the morning’s series of concerts at Brickendon with Erin Helyard on harpsichord performing Toccata in E minor, followed by Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, and concluding with Toccata in D Major.
After the concert, enjoy lunch at Josef Chromy Restaurant with Christopher Lawrence in conversation with Emma McGrath, Umberto Clerici and Erin Helyard.
For those continuing with the Gardens of Tasmania tour, return to the hotel.
For those departing today, transfer to Launceston Airport in time for flights departing from 17:00 onwards. Tour arrangements conclude on arrival at Launceston Airport. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including post-tour nights’ accommodation.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Final payment due
10 September 2018
Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
Tour price includes
- Category 1 tickets for five performances in the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner, R=Reception) including wine with dinners
- Pre- and post-performance talks with you tour leader, Christopher Lawrence
- Comprehensive sightseeing and garden visits including entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- Flights to/from Launceston (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Transfers on arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service etc.
- Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
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