Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival
Join us for a feast of fine classical music, gourmet cuisine and historic homes and gardens in northern Tasmania.
After the success of its first two years, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival returns in 2019 to feature chamber music performances by leading Australian musicians in historic homes, churches and wineries in and around the charming Georgian village of Evandale. This year, the Festival performances will take place in Evandale, Hagley and Longford as well as at the UNESCO World Heritage Brickendon Estate.
The concerts will be accompanied by superb wine and food prepared from the fresh, local produce that has made Tasmanian agriculture the envy of the world.
Suggested arrival in Launceston in the early afternoon and make your own way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.
At 18:00 join Christopher and fellow music lovers for a welcome briefing, followed by a special welcome dinner.
In the morning, visit the home of renowned Australian artist John Glover and discover where he painted some of his most well-known and loved landscape paintings.
Then, enjoy a tour of the Gourmet Sauce factory near Evandale. For more than 20 years, this family-owned business has been producing fine preserves, mustards, chutneys and other condiments, making the most of Tasmania’s fresh fruit and vegetable harvest. Lunch is in the factory’s charming garden.
Return to the hotel and enjoy some time at leisure before tonight’s performance.
This evening, attend a pre-performance reception at Clarendon. Constructed in 1838, Clarendon is one of Australia’s grandest country houses and is set in parkland on the banks of the South Esk River. Clarendon features heritage walled gardens and colonial outbuildings, all built by convicts. The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival opens with a concert by the Orava Quartet and the Australian soprano Greta Bradman in the Falls Pavilion. The program will include Beethoven’s String Quartet No 11 in F minor, Respighi’s Il Tramonto and Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor. Following the concert, enjoy supper in the house.
After breakfast, attend a recital by cellist Umberto Clerici at St Andrew’s Church in the picturesque historical town of Evandale, a National Trust-classified Georgian village. The program will include works by Bach, Hindemith, Ligeti, Sollima and Cassadó.
After a light lunch, enjoy a series of three concerts focusing on Mozart’s music, including a concert by the Orava Quartet in the St Mary’s Church in Hagley. Continue to Mountford for a performance by soprano Greta Bradman and Daniel de Borah on the piano. Then, enjoy a concert by the ensemble Trio di Bassetto in Evandale.
Return to the hotel after the performance and enjoy some time at leisure.
In the evening, attend a concert entitled Bach by Candlelight in the Anglican Church at Longford, performed by the Van Diemen’s Band and featuring David Greco (baritone), Georgia Browne (flute) and Thomas Forster (harpsichord). The program will include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major and Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor.
This morning, attend the finale concert at Brickendon Barn featuring Greta Bradman (soprano), Umberto Clerici (cello), Daniel de Borah (piano) and the Orava Quartet. The program starts with Schubert’s Impromptus, followed by the ravishing music of JS Bach for cello and piano and finishing with Brahms’ Cello Sonata and Piano Quintet in F minor.
After the concert, enjoy a special farewell lunch at Josef Chromy winery with Christopher Lawrence in conversation with artists from the festival.
En route back to the hotel, pass by Cataract Gorge on the South Esk River and for a brief stop at City Park.
The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Final payment due
23 August 2019
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Tour price includes
- Category 1 tickets for seven performances in the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival
- Four nights’ accommodation in a four-star superior hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner, R=Reception) including wine with dinners
- Pre-performance talk with you tour leader, Christopher Lawrence
- Comprehensive sightseeing including entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport/hotel transfers on tour arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
- Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
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N.B. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.