2019 Concert Season

My Heart Swims in Blood

Baroque orchestral meditations on mortality and sin, juxtaposed with new works by Icelandic composer Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir. Featuring soprano Lotte Betts-Dean.

Dietrich Becker, Pavan
Franz Tunder, Motet ‘Ach Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein’
Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Clockworking
Johann Christoph Bach, Lamento ‘Ach dass ich wassers genug hätte’
Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Sleeping Pendulum
Johann Christoph Bach, Cantata BWV 199, ‘Mein Herze shwimmt im Blut’

Saturday 22 June, 4pm & 7pm
Hobart Town Hall

Coast to Coast Tour

Tasmania’s own Baroque super-group, Van Diemen’s Band, is joined by internationally acclaimed singer, Lotte Betts-Dean, for a coast-to-coast tour of Baroque favourites by Vivaldi, Handel and Scarlatti.

Don’t miss this 5-piece ensemble of ancient instruments and a singer who will dazzle and delight – a perfect match of intimate music-making in charming and intimate regional venues.

Tues 4 June 2019, 6pm, Palais Theatre, Franklin
Wed 5 June, 6pm, Portland Memorial Hall, St Helens
Thu 6 June, 6pm, Scottsdale Mechanics’ Institute Hall
Fri 7 June, 6pm, Latrobe Memorial Hall
Sat 8 June, 6pm, Stanley Town Hall


In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the cornetto was fabled for its ability to imitate the human voice. This encompassed not only its clear and bright sound, but also its agility, range, dynamic flexibility, and articulation, making it sound as though the player were speaking through their instrument.

Hana Blažíková, a Czech soprano described as ‘one of the most exciting voices in the Baroque scene today’, joins world-renowned cornettist Bruce Dickey and musicians from Tasmania’s Van Diemen’s Band. Together, they revive the lost art of this instrumental-vocal pairing in a program framed by the seventeenth century, which also includes the Australian premiere of a new work for the combination by Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki.

Wed 13 March 2019, 7pm : Trinity College Chapel (Melbourne)
Sun 17 March 2019, 3pm : Wesley Music Centre (Canberra)
Mon 18 March 2019, 7pm : St James King Street (Sydney)
Tues 19 March 2019, 7pm : St Andrews Uniting Church (Brisbane)
Fri 22 March 2019, 6pm : St David’s Cathedral (Hobart)
Sat 23 March 2019, 2pm : Tin Shed- Spring Bay Mill (Triabunna)
Sun 24 March, 2.30pm : UKARIA, Mt Barker Summit (Adelaide)

Supported by:

Ten Days on the Island presents The Enchanted Island

Opera in the Vineyard featuring the music of GF Händel

What better way to spend an afternoon? Swoon to glorious music and fine wine in the idyllic setting of the Clover Hill Vineyard. Ten Days on the Island has assembled a stellar trio of singers to thrill audiences with the emotional power of baroque opera. To complement our island landscape, mezzo soprano Anna Dowsley, soprano Sara Macliver and baritone Christopher Richardson will sing sublime arias and excerpts from Handel’s magical and pastoral operas, including Alcina, Orlando and Acis, Galatea and Polifemo in this special concert featuring Tasmania’s own chamber orchestra Van Diemen’s Band, conducted by Benjamin Bayl.

Concert presented by 10 Days on the Island.

4.30pm, Saturday 16 March 2019
Clover Hill Vineyard, Lebrina, Free Concert

VDB with Thomas Flint

Van Diemen’s Band are joined by renowned UK bass player Thomas Flint and in this concert will transport you to the 17th Century tradition of Abendmusik – evening music for the people – from Lübeck’s Marienkirche to Hobart Town Hall.

The Abendmusik tradition was established in the mid 17th century by Franz Tunder and subsequently handed down to Dietrich Buxtehude, his successor who held the post until his death in 1707. During Buxtehude’s tenure, these concerts became so famous around Europe that they anecdotally inspired the young Johann Sebastian Bach to walk more than 400km from Arnstadt to attend them in Advent, 1705.

Dieterich Becker: Paduan
Franz Tunder: O Jesu dulcissime
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Die Fechtschule
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum
Schmelzer: Lamento Sopra la Morte Ferdinand III
Johann Christoph Bach: Wie bist du denn O Gott im Zorn
Biber: Sonata Jacunda in D
Dietrich Buxtehude: Ich bin eine Blume zu Saron

Concert presented by Musica Viva Tasmania.

8pm, Thursday 14 February 2019, Hobart Town Hall