2019 Concert Season

VDB Christmas Event

Back by popular demand Van Diemen’s Band takes a whole new ‘VDB Christmas’ on the road again this year. Artistic Director, Julia Fredersdorff has put together a large 17th Century band featuring weird and wonderful instruments of the renaissance. The concerts will once again feature the Tasmanian Youth Chorale as well as soloists, Helen Thomson (soprano) and Thomas Flint (bass-baritone). Join us for a family-friendly musical Christmas celebration featuring music written for Christmas, as well as some well known carols for all to sing.

Tue 17 Dec, 6pm: Palais Theatre, Franklin
Wed 18 Dec, 6pm: Portland Memorial Hall, St Helens
Thu 19 Dec, 6pm: Christ Church, Longford
Fri 20, 6pm; Sat 21, 3pm & 6pm Dec: Hobart Town Hall
Sun 22 Dec, 3pm: Spring Bay Mill, Triabunna

Lunchbox Concert #3 :

Baroque Trio Sonatas

Tue 19 November 2019, 1.05pm
Mini Van Diemen’s Band

Tasmania’s own early music ensemble Van Diemen’s Band present sonatas by Handel, Uccellini, Biber and Bach/Gounod’s timeless ‘Ave Maria’.

Lunchbox Concert #4:

Romantic Chamber Music

Tue 26 November 2019, 1.05pm
Virtuosi Tasmania

Hobart super group, Virtuosi Tasmania, present a glorious programme of romantic chamber music for strings by Arensky and Schubert. To check out what other wonderful things Virtuosi Tasmania are up to, visit their website here.

Lunchbox Concert #2:

Old and New Works for Solo ‘Cello

Tue 12 November 2019, 1.05pm
Martin Penicka, solo cello

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Van Diemen’s Band star ‘cellist, Martin Penicka, presents a programme of old and new works for solo ‘cello from Europe and Australia including works by Bach, Dall’Abaco, Ross Edwards and Kate Moore.

Lunchbox Concert #1:

Suite Française

Tue 5 November 2019, 1.05pm
Georgia Browne (Traverso flute) & Aline Zylberajch (harpsichord)

Historical flautist Georgia Browne (UK/ Australia) teams up with Aline Zylberajch (France) on harpsichord for a sumptuous program French dance music inspired by the palace, the portrait and the pastoral, featuring the music of 18th century court composers Couperin, Dornel, Hotteterre, Boismortier and Montéclair.

Baroque Bonanza

Kettering Concerts and Van Diemen´s Band
Julia Fredersdorff (ciolin), Jennifer Owen (ciolin), Hannah Lane (harp), Martin Penicka (cello). Works by Arcangelo Corelli, Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco, George Handel and Antonio Lucio Vivaldi. Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.

Sunday 17 November 2019, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall

Handel Concerti Grossi Opus 3.

Join Van Diemen’s Band for an evening dedicated to the wonderful opus 3 Concerti Grossi of Handel conducted by French director and organ soloist, Martin Gester. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this work performed before VDB record this work for the Swedish label BIS.

Mon 28 Oct 2019, 6pm
St Canice’s Catholic Church, Sandy Bay

Sun 27 Oct 2019, 3pm
The Tin Shed- Spring Bay Mill, Triabunna

Bach by candlelight


Van Diemen’s Band with David Greco (baritone), Julia Fredersdorff (director), Georgia Browne (flute), Martin Gester (harpsichord)


Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
‘Ich Habe Genug’ BWV 82
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b minor, BWV 1067

Exclusive to Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival

8:30pm, Sat 26 Oct 2019
Christ Church, Longford
Price: $90


Baritone David Greco joins Van Diemen’s band in an exploration of Bach’s most beautiful music for the male singing voice including the iconic cantata for Bass, Ich Habe Genug, and excerpts from selected cantatas and instrumental works.

Concert duration 1 hour 15 minutes, no interval.

Sydney: 17 October 2019, 7pm
Hobart: 25 October 2019 at 7:30pm

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