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.

Phillip Sametz

Phillip Sametz is a writer, editor, presenter, tour leader, tutor, vocalist and arts administrator. In recent years, on ABC Classic, he presented Screen Sounds, Sunday Recital, Classic Breakfast and many live concert broadcasts. His history of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Play On!, was published by ABC Books, and his annotations and articles appear regularly on ABC Classics albums and in the program books of Victorian Opera and the Australian symphony orchestras. He tutors the Words About Music course at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp and is the Director and vocalist of the Sydney-based swing band The Mell-O-Tones.

(Photo by Pia Johnson)


Current Tours:

Adelaide Festival  |  27 Feb – 04 Mar 2021 (6 days)

Coriole Music Festival  |  21–24 May 2021 (4 days)

Music by the Springs  |  12–15 November 2021 (4 days)

Wexford Opera Festival  |  October/November 2021 (14 days)

The 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw  |  13–23 Oct 2020 (11 days)



“An incredible tour with Mr Sametz. He researched and presented a richly informative lecture on Wagner. It was top drawer.”
Joan T.   |  Wagner’s Parsifal in Melbourne 2019