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:

Music by the Springs  |  11 – 14 February 2022 (4 days)

Adelaide Festival 2022  |  04 – 10 March 2021 (7 days)

Weekend of Music in the Adelaide Hills  |  11 – 14 March 2022 (4 days)

La Rondine in Canberra  |  16 – 18 March 2022 (3 days)

Coriole Music Festival  |  20 – 23 May 2022 (4 days)



“Phillip provided a wonderful balance of excellent knowledge, fun and good leadership.”
Kathryn D.  |  Sydney Opera & Music Extravaganza 2021


“Phillip was personable, charming and very knowledgeable – the interviews he hosted were a highlight.”
Elaine L.  |  Adelaide Festival 2021


Phillip was an absolute gem! Always so agreeable, amusing and charming.”
Nick B. |  Stemme and Lundgren in Hobart 2019


“This was an incredible tour with Phillip having researched and presented a richly informative lecture on Wagner, and Parsifal in particular.
Joan T.  |  Wagner’s Parsifal in Melbourne 2019