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:

Renaissance Tours’ Vienna Nights Festival  |  09–12 April 2021 (4 days)

Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival  |  21–25 October 2021 (5 days)

Mediterranean Opera, Music and Art Cruise  |  22–30 May 2022 (9 days)



“Alan and Christopher are outstanding as one would expect from their careers. They were personable, shared their great knowledge generously.’’
Vicki B  |  St Petersburg to Moscow on the Volga Dream 2019


“Christopher is superb. Knowledgeable, excellent and charming personality, whimsical humour. He is a drawcard.”
Jan B.  |  Opéra à la française 2018


“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