Evandale Spring Music and Gardens

You are invited to be part of the inaugural Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival, a feast of fine classical music, gourmet cuisine and historic homes and gardens.

Akin to the mainland’s Huntington, Dunkeld and Margaret River festivals, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival will feature 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. The concerts will be accompanied by the superb food, wine and hospitality for which Tasmania has become renowned.

Timed for the peak of the spring bloom, the tour will also include a thorough exploration of the top private gardens of the Meander Valley and Longford.

Arrive in Launceston and check in to the Country Club Hotel, nestled amongst 300 acres of parkland, lakes and rolling paddocks yet only minutes from Launceston CBD.

This evening, enjoy a welcome briefing and dinner at the hotel.


Join Jennifer Stackhouse and Jennie Chapman for a full day to the scenic Meander Valley to the west of Launceston. In addition to its rich dairy farms, the Meander Valley is home to some of Tasmania’s finest gardens, including historic Old Wesley Dale (1829), Wychwood (dubbed ‘the most beautiful garden in Tasmania’) and Culzean gardens (established in the 1840s).


Continue your exploration of the gardens of northern Tasmania with a morning in Longford. Visit Panshanger, one of the finest colonial examples of Greek Revival architecture in Australia, set in extensive English-style gardens and riverside woodlands of silver birch, elm, pine, oak and laurel. Continue to Blenheim Gallery and Garden, a unique Tasmanian experience showcasing artist works in a country garden setting of ten acres.

Afternoon at leisure.

This evening, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival opens with a concert by Tinalley String Quartet in the Barn at Clarendon (1838). One of Australia’s grandest country houses set in parkland on the banks of the South Esk River, Clarendon features heritage walled gardens and colonial outbuildings, all convict built. Following the concert, enjoy supper in the house with the members of the quartet.

Mendelssohn – String Quartet Op. 12
Barber – Adagio from his String Quartet, Op. 11
Dvorak – String Quartet in F major ‘American’


After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the picturesque historical town of Evandale, a National Trust classified Georgian village, famous for its unspoiled heritage buildings.

This morning’s concert (11 am) in St Andrews Church, features Genevieve Lacey (recorder) and Marshall McGuire (harp). The programme will include works from the 14th to the 21st centuries by Playford, Morley, Scarlatti, Finger, Banister, Pärt, Landini, Mendelssohn, Hasselmans, Saint-Saens, Taylor, Sculthorpe and Ford.

Following a light lunch and time to explore the village and its antique shops and galleries, re-join the Tinalley String Quartet for this afternoon’s concert (2 pm), in the Uniting Church.

Mendelssohn – String Quartet Op. 13
Tchaikovsky – String Quartet No. 1

Mid-afternoon drive back to the Country Club Hotel before returning to Evandale for this evening’s concert featuring Van Diemen’s Band with soloist Genevieve Lacey. Van Diemen’s Band is a new Tasmanian chamber orchestra dedicated to the historically informed performance of music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This evening’s concert will feature the splendour of Italian Baroque with works by Vivaldi, Corelli and Sammartini.


Mid-morning checkout of the Country Club Hotel and transfer to Josef Chromy Vineyard.

In the splendid setting of the Barrel Hall, Piers Lane will perform a solo recital showcasing his extraordinary repertoire and technique.

Scarlatti – Sonata in B minor L33
Bach – Preludes and Fugues Book 1: No 22 in B flat minor
Beethoven – Sonata in F minor Op 57 (‘Appassionata’)
Chopin – Nocturne Op 27 No 1 in C sharp minor
Chopin – Nocturne Op 27 No 2 in D flat major
Rachmaninoff – Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op 22

After the concert, enjoy lunch at Josef Chromy Restaurant, with superb Tasmanian wines and fine cuisine featuring fresh local produce, overlooking the picturesque lake and vineyard.

Following lunch, transfer to Launceston Airport in time for flights departing at 5 PM or later. Or return to the Country Club Hotel (extra nights available on request).


Twin/Double from

AUD 2,150


AUD 2,550

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 250

Tour prices

Final payment due

08 September 2017

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance.

Tour price includes

  • Four nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Supper). Wines with meals
  • Five Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival concerts
  • Transfers to all Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival events
  • Full day Meander Valley gardens tour
  • Morning Longford gardens tour
  • Transfer to Launceston Airport on Sunday afternoon 29 October
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Launceston
  • Transfer on arrival
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)


Your hotel
Country Club Tasmania****+
The premier choice for entertainment, dining, and accommodation in Launceston, Country Club Tasmania is nestled amongst 300 acres of parkland, lakes and rolling paddocks yet only minutes from Launceston CBD.

Accommodation facilities include a mini-bar showcasing gourmet Tasmanian products, premium bathroom amenities, complimentary valet parking, daily newspaper, Foxtel, and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi. Resort facilities include health club and indoor swimming pool, 18 hole golf course along with a range of 5 restaurants and 4 bars.

NB. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted