Canberra International Music Festival 2019

Spend four days at the Canberra International Music Festival, now in its 25th year with performances focusing on the works of J.S Bach and other Baroque composers.

With writer and Festival board director Genevieve Jacobs, attend eight performances of the Festival, performed by musicians from Australia, Europe, US and Asia. Experience performances by Bach Akademie Australia, as well as violinist Kristian Winther, harpsichordist Korneel Bernolet, didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and French ensemble Quatuor Voce.

Enjoy performances in the atmospheric surrounds of Kingston’s Fitters Workshop, as well as the National Gallery of Australia. In between performances, delight in some fine cuisine and highlights of our nation’s capital.

Arrive in Canberra and make your way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other arrangements.

In the evening, join Genevieve and fellow travelers for an introductory talk and cocktail reception. At the Opening Gala, be captivated by two of J.S Bach’s most popular pieces performed on historic instruments including Suite for flute and strings and Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, in the Fitters’ Workshop – a transformed heritage listed building in the heart of the Kingston Cultural Precinct.


After breakfast, attend a pre-performance talk by Genevieve followed by a concert by Canberra’s own violinist Kristian Winther, as he performs the complete Bach violin solo works for the first time in one day. After lunch, return to the Fitters’ Workshop for a concert of music for Baroque period dances performed by French marimba trio SR9.

In the evening, return to the Fitters’ Workshop to re-join Kristian Winther as he continues his performance of Bach’s complete violin solo works. Afterwards, enjoy dinner in a nearby restaurant.


Start the morning with a pre-performance talk by Genevieve, and then enjoy a concert by the Bach Akadamie Australia directed by Roland Peelman, a programme of the music that J.S Bach himself was drawn to including the works of Vivaldi, Buxtehude and Pergolesi’s timeless Stabat Mater.

Later, in the National Gallery of Australia, attend the Barbara Blackman Festival Blessing, which juxtaposes Bach’s universal legacy with Indigenous Australian music. Following the performance there will be a panel discussion between the performers, which will be moderated Genevieve.

In the evening, return to the Fitters’ Workshop for the Australian debut of French ensemble Quatuor Voce as they perform a thoroughly German program of, Bach, Beethoven and Bruckner. At the end of the performance adjourn to the hotel for dinner.


This morning, enjoy learning about the history of our Nation’s Capital with a guided tour of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, a living museum of social and political history, located in a nationally listed heritage building in the suburb of Parkes.

Following our museum tour we will visit the National Arboretum to tour the grounds, admire the bonsai collection and enjoy a special farewell lunch overlooking the scenic grounds.

This evening, return to the Fitters’ Workshop for the centerpiece of the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival – Bach’s oratorio St John Passion – with its expressive narration and gripping dialogue. With Andrew Goodwin as Evangelist and Jeremy Kleeman as Jesus, the work is performed with a total of eight singers and directed by harpsichordist Korneel Bernolet, Belgiums rising star.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.


Per person, twin-share

AUD 3,150

Single supplement*

AUD 550

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 750

Tour prices

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

01 March 2019

Tour code


Fitness level


Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

Tour price includes

  • Category 1 tickets to all included performances
  • Pre-performance talks by your tour leader, Genevieve Jacobs
  • Accommodation in a centrally-located 5 star superior hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception), including wines with meals
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Canberra (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
  • Hotel porterage
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)

Your hotel


Canberra – Hyatt Hotel Canberra *****


NB: Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

Pre and post tour accommodation is available at this hotel.

Park King room including breakfast AUD 350 (twin/double share)#

Park King room including breakfast AUD 325 (single room)#

#subject to availability