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.

Damien Beaumont

Damien Beaumont joined the ABC in 1999 after completing music studies in Australia and England and currently presents ABC Classic Evenings from Monday to Thursday. His popular programs have seen the release of three CDs, including Damien reading some of Percy Grainger’s letters. Damien hosts many of the Network’s direct broadcasts from the Sydney Opera House and other concert venues around Australia. He is in demand as a Master of Ceremonies, guest speaker and performing narrator, and has presented concerts and events on ABC TV.


Current Tours:

Opera Bellissima  |  23 September – 05 October 2023 (13 days)

Nights at the Sydney Opera House  |  14 – 17 March 2024 (4 days)



“Damien is a superb tour leader. He has a vast amount of knowledge which he shares with delight and passion.”
Maryanne M.  |  Sydney Opera Extravaganza, 2022


“Damien was very personable, open and knowledgeable, and gave an excellent pre-performance talk.”
Marie S.  |  Weekend at the Sydney Opera House, 2021


“Damien was caring, helpful and knowledgeable about the music.”
Julie T.  |  Orange Chamber Music Festival, 2021


“Damien is an exceptional tour leader: he combines attention to detail, ready response to problems and care of the group with musical knowledge and a natural warm and affable personality. I found him such fun, which seemed to set the mood of the whole trip”
Marie D.  |  Music, Opera and Ballet in North America, 2019


“Absolutely 5 Star Tour leader! Wonderful people skills – patient and caring! So knowledgeable – Damien was a delight!”
Ali B.  |  To Russia with Love, 2019


“Outstanding in all respects. What a pleasure to have made Damien’s acquaintance – particularly as Damien has been a part of my household for so many years in his role as an announcer on ABC Classic FM.”
Marion P.  |  Easter at the Met, 2017