Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence’s 40-year career in music and media has spanned recording, writing, television and radio – notably a long association with ABC Classic. He has been awarded an International Emmy for Performing Arts, three ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Awards, and a Churchill Fellowship. Christopher has published several books, worked as a commentator for Proms telecasts for the BBC, and contributed articles and critiques to publications in Australia and the UK.


Current Tours:

Brisbane Weekend of Opera  |  24 – 28 April 2024 (5 days)

Music in the Mountains  |  18 – 31 July 2024 (14 days)

Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival  |  08 – 11 November 2024 (4 days)



“Christopher’s presence raises the level of excitement and anticipation of each performance with his wonderful description of events to be heard and his exceptional interviews with the artists.’’
Alibhe C.  |  Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival, 2023


“We have done several tours with Christopher – he is just the best!”
Tom M. |  Sydney Opera Weekend, 2023


“Christopher is an excellent tour leader – amusing, friendly, extremely well informed and able to present complex information in an easily understood way.’’
Pamela T.  |  Wagner’s Lohengrin, 2022


“Christopher was extraordinarily knowledgeable, so friendly and good company as well. Lovely person. We were so lucky to know him.”
Maggie P.  |  European Art and Music Cruise, 2022


“Christopher’s interviews were great and his musical knowledge excellent, adding another dimension to performances.”
Lyn C.  |  The Renaissance Tours Vienna Nights Festival, 2021


“Christopher is the epitome of a music festival host. Deep knowledge, enthusiastic and fun to be with.’’
Peter E.  |  The Renaissance Tours Vienna Nights Festival, 2021


He was superb – such a vast knowledge of the music which he generously shared with us.’’
Jan D.  |  The Renaissance Tours Beethoven Festival, 2020


“Christopher is an exemplary tour leader. He has a wealth of knowledge and scholarship in the area of music and theatre. And he communicates in an engaging and stimulating way.”
John H.  |  Opéra à la française, 2018


“He’s golden – intelligent, informative, humorous and charming!”
Daniel and Sue H.  |  Mediterranean Opera and Music Cruise, 2017