2021 Concert Season

HOMEWARD with Van Diemen’s Fiddles

Van Diemen’s Fiddles explore nostalgic folk tunes from all around the world, travelling from Scotland, Ireland, England and Denmark, through the Balkans to Turkey and beyond. This haunting and evocative program also features original arrangements of Hildegard of Bingen, Klezmer tunes, and some original works by Emily Sheppard.
Wherever in the world you are from, this music will take you there!
Saturday 11 September 2021, 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Burnie Uniting Church
58-66 Mount Street, Burnie, TAS 7320


Fancy a stroll on kunanyi, accompanied by the Van Diemen’s Fiddles and not-infrequent stops for gin cocktails? Good.

6pm, Wednesday 20 January 2021
6pm, Thursday 21 January 2021
1pm & 6pm, Friday 22 January 2021
1pm & 6pm, Saturday 23 January 2021
4pm & 7pm, Sunday 24 January 2021 

Walk commences at Fern Tree Tavern


Van Diemen’s Band presents some of the eighteenth century’s most enduring chamber music jewels featuring the mellow sound of organ bass continuo. From the early masterpieces of Corelli’s stunning Opus 3 and Caldara, to later works by Mozart, we travel through France, Italy, Austria and Germany.

7.30pm, Wednesday 24 February 2021

Hobart Town Hall Ballroom

Information and bookings here

Presented by Musica Viva


Portland Memorial Hall will be transformed into a portal blending present and past through this live multimedia event.

Van Diemen’s Fiddles are three of lutruwita/ Tasmania’s finest musicians – Julia Fredersdorff, Emily Sheppard and Rachel Meyers. They will make music inspired by dances, stories, people and the land, alongside electronics and visuals from Mac40Media’s Caleb Miller. This world premiere has been curated in response to the communities of St Helens and its surrounds.

When you attend the concert, you will unlock an exclusive audio walk created by the musicians. This geolocated walk will guide you along the Georges Bay foreshore with a soundtrack inspired by the region, including stories of the area shared by locals.

Fri 12 March 2021 7:00 pm
Sat 13 March 2021 2:00 pm
Portland Memorial Hall, 39 Cecilia St, St Helens, Tasmania
Book your tickets here.

Presented by Ten Days on the Island.


Before recorded music, fiddlers were the most portable of musicians, and the keeper of the tunes. Van Diemen’s Fiddles explore nostalgic folk tunes from all around the world, including original arrangements of works from the manuscript of Scottish fiddler Alexander Laing, who exported some of the first fiddle music to Tasmania. The walls of the Ross Town Hall will reverberate with nostalgic folk tunes from around the world.

Date: Sunday 14 Mar 2021, 4pm
Ross Town Hall, 12 Bridge St, Makala, Ross, Tasmania
Price: from $30
Book tickets here.

Presented by Ten Days on the Island.


Van Diemen’s Band is terribly disappointed to announce the cancellation of the long-planned State-wide tour of our all-Vivaldi program The Harmonic Inspiration, due to ongoing state border restrictions imposed in response to the current COVID-19 situation in Victoria and NSW.

State regional tour to Hobart, St Helens, Launceston, Scottsdale, Burnie, and Tullah*

Van Diemen’s Band hits the road for the first time since 2019, showcasing the music of Antonio Vivaldi! Audiences in regional Tasmania will be treated to a selection of concertos from Vivaldi’s celebrated L’estro armonico, a collection which dazzled 18th-century Europe and continues to hold listeners spellbound today.

* Please note, our planned Zeehan concert at the Gaiety Theatre will now be held at Tullah Lakeside Lodge due to urgent repairs being made to the theatre. We hope to return to the Gaiety Theatre on another occasion.

7pm, Thursday 24 June 2021
Hobart Town Hall
Tickets: $20 | $42 | $50 | $60

6pm, Friday 25 June 2021
Portland Memorial Hall, St Helens
Tickets: $10 | $30 | $35

6pm, Saturday 26 June 2021
Theatre North at the Princess, Launceston
Tickets: $20 | $42 | $50 | $60

3pm, Sunday 27 June 2021
Mechanics’ Institute Hall, Scottsdale
Tickets: $10 | $30 | $35

6pm, Monday 28 June 2021
Uniting Church, Burnie
Tickets: $10 | $30 | $35

6pm, Tuesday 29 June 2021
Tullah Lakeside Lodge, Tullah
Tickets: $10 | $30 | $35


Autumn Season announced:
11.30-12.10pm and 1.05-1.45pm, Tuesday 20 April 2021
Calvin Bowman organ
Van Diemen’s Band
Renowned organist Calvin Bowman pulls out all stops on the grand and beautiful organ in Hobart Town Hall, which celebrated its sesquicentenary last year. This varied concert features music by Johann Sebastian Bach and includes Handel’s Organ Concerto Op 7 No 1, in which Calvin Bowman will be joined by Van Diemen’s Band.

1.05-1.45pm, Tuesday 27 April 2021
Natalya Bing violin
Alexandra Békés cello
Dianne Legg piano
A new and exciting arrival on the Tassie music scene, the Hartz Piano Trio brings together the wonderful talents of Natalya Bing, Alexandra Békés and Dianne Legg. Hear them perform the ravishing Piano Trio No 1 in B, Op 8, by Johannes Brahms.

1.05-1.45pm, Tuesday 4 May 2021
Meyers & McNamara
Meyers & McNamara, the combined talents of violinist Rachel Meyers and accordionist Dave McNamara, offer Klezmer and other Jewish music traditions together with experimental instrumentals and original compositions. This Lunchbox comes with extra spice!

1.05-1.45pm, Tuesday 11 May 2021
Tom Flint bass-baritone
Tom Rimes piano
Two of Hobart’s finest musical talents – both recently repatriated from Europe – Tom Flint and Tom Rimes perform Gerald Finzi’s song cycle, Let Us Garlands Bring, and an arrangement of one of the best loved of all madrigals, The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons.

1.05-1.45pm, Tuesday 18 May 2021
Karen Smithies piano
Jennifer Marten-Smith piano
Discover the full range of what the piano can do when there’s not one pianist at the helm, but two! Karen Smithies and Jennifer Marten-Smith will take you on a dazzling journey through music for four-hand piano.