2018 Season

VDB 1: France

Music of the French Baroque featuring the rising international star mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and directed from the harpsichord by esteemed French conductor Martin Gester from Le Parlement de Musique (Strasbourg). Cantatas by Monteclair, Stuck and excerpts from Les Nations (The Nations) by François Couperin.

Fri 19 January 2018, 6pm
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston

Sat 20 January 2018, 5.30pm & 7.30pm
Peacock Theatre, Hobart

Master of the French Style: J S Bach Sonatas

In a transcontinental meeting of musical spirits, French Baroque Summer Sessions Festival Director Julia Fredersdorff and French harpsichordist Aline Zylberajch perform an intimate recital showcasing Bach’s sonatas for violin and keyboard. Written at the height of Bach’s compositional powers and taking the form of duos where the instruments interact conversationally the sonatas are revered for their emotive sound-world, colour and texture.

Wed 24 January, 1pm
Hobart Town Hall 

French Baroque Academy Concert

Join us for a concert of French Baroque music from the recent academy workshop sessions.  The concert is a culmination of the students week-long work with tutors Martin Gester and Aline Zylberajch from Parlement de Musique and Julia Fredersdorff, Artistic Director, Van Diemen’s Band.

Thu 25 January, 6pm
Hobart Town Hall  

VDB 2: Bohemia

Seventeenth-century music of Bohemia with composers Biber and Muffat taking music to a new world of experimentation. With international guest artists Simon Martyn-Ellis (Australia/US) on theorbo and Karina Schmitz (US) on viola, this program explores this rich repertoire featuring the famous Canon by Pachelbel and Kapsberger’s haunting Toccata Arpeggiata.

Thu 17 May 2018, 6pm
QVMAG, Launceston 

Fri 18 May 2018, 6pm
St David’s Cathedral, Hobart

BAA-Rock: A Gut-wrenching Musical Story for Children. Narrated by Allison Farrow.

‘Three very unusual sheep learn that harmony and being different go hoof-in-hoof. All it takes is three violins and that special something from deep inside…’

Van Diemen’s Fiddlers bring classical music, klezmer and Irish reels together in a musical party for little kids, plus anyone else in their family who can clap, dance and impersonate farm animals. Start the school holidays with a fantastic and fun concert that combines the witty genius of renowned author Christopher Lawrence with the Van Diemen’s Fiddlers, narrated by Allison Farrow. For children aged 3-8 years, and for the young at heart!

Tuesday October 2 @ 10.30am & 1pm
(performance duration 40 minutes)
Hobart Town Hall

A La Danza

Van Diemen’s Band is joined by international soloists, cellist Catherine Jones (Australia/Italy) and Baroque guitarist William Carter (UK) for a sumptuous program of Italian music composed during the Spanish Occupation. Heavily influenced by dance, this music of the High Baroque takes a simple structure and transforms it into a supremely virtuosic display, Concertos by Vivaldi, Fiorenza, arrangements of Neapolitan folk tunes by Gaspar Sanz and the famous Fandango quintet by Boccherini.


Sat 6 Oct, 7pm, Hobart Town Hall
Sun 7 Oct, 2pm, QVMAG, Launceston
Wed 10 Oct, 6.30pm, Main Ridge Estate, Red Hill, Vic
Tue 16 Oct, 7.30pm, Callaway Auditorium, UWA Crawley, WA

Cello Napoletano

Music flowed like sunlight through every corner of the eighteenth-century sea port of Naples—from the church to the court, the mountains to the shore. Now a ravishing new ensemble from the southern tip of Australia offers a window into this much-neglected artistic culture.

Under the direction of Melbourne-born violinist Julia Fredersdorff, Van Diemen’s Band is a hand-picked who’s who of Baroque music today, its members having played with the most celebrated ensembles of Europe and Australia. With Cello Napoletano they turn their attentions to the lush musical climate that flourished in Naples.

The program’s highlight is the music of composer and violinist Nicola Fiorenza, whose famously eccentric and hot-blooded temperament echoes through his stirring work. Complemented by the music of Alessandro Scarlatti and Francesco Geminiani, these compositions are redolent with the passion and fire of the Italian opera of the era, while retaining a mystery and charm all of their own.

Mon 8 October 2018, 7.30pm, Melbourne Recital Centre

Baroque Dances

“This is cello playing of the highest order”, Musica Dei Donum 2015 (on Catherine Jones) 

Heavily influenced by dance, this concert of high Baroque gems features internationally acclaimed cellist Catherine Jones (Australia/Italy) and Baroque guitarist William Carter (UK) join the members of Van Diemen’s Band, for a sumptuous program of Italian music composed during the Spanish Occupation at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. Packed with scintillating virtuosity, this is a concert not to be missed.

Boccherini Guitar Quintet No 4 in D major (Fandango)
Vivaldi Cello Concerto RV418 in A minor
after Sanz Guitar Suite

13 October 2018, 11.30am, St John’s Church, Port Fairy

VDB Christmas Event

Van Diemen’s Band presents a joyous program of seasonal Baroque tunes including the Christmas Concerto by Arcangelo Corelli, excerpts from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Noels sur les Instruments as well as works by Stradella, Torelli & Handel, and a selection of timeless favourite carols from throughout the ages, featuring soprano Helen Thompson, the Tasmanian Youth Chorale, and debuting VDB’s new chamber organ played by Aline Zylberajch.

Wed 19 December 2018, 6pm, QVMAG, Launceston
Thu 20 December 2018, 6pm, Hobart Town Hall
Fri 21 December 2018, 6pm, Cygnet Town Hall
Sat 22 December 2018, 3pm, Spring Bay Mill