Van Diemen’s Band has a dedication to educate and develop, enhancing knowledge and understanding of our art form and to share our passion and expertise in early music and provide the opportunity and mentorship for professional musicians to perform alongside leading early music practitioners to gain knowledge and experience. Through our apprenticeship program we support emerging artists to be trained in-situ of live performance experience.

Through our lecture series, workshops, children’s concerts and outreach programs, everyone can have the opportunity to learn more about music. Our ‘up close and personal’ approach will encourage young people to discover the extraordinary and wonderful world of early music.

Save the date! New academy to be announced between the 1st & 8th of March 2020 with Italian violinist Enrico Gatti. Join our mailing list for future announcements.


In September we performed our first ever kids show ‘Baa-rock – A gut wrenching tale for narrator and 3 fiddling sheep’ at Hobart Town Hall. The story was written by Christopher Lawrence and narrated by Allison Farrow.

The story was about 3 sheep (the 3 violinists) who came from very different ‘cultures’ (or in this case paddocks) learning to play music together. The children joined in and were encouraged to interact with animal noises, singing and dancing, and they had a ball taking part.

We were very pleased with the performances, and they were very well received by children and adults alike! Look out for more kids shows soon!


In January 2018, we had a ball immersing ourselves in the sumptuous sounds of the French Baroque during our Summer Sessions. The Academy attracted 40 participants of all ages from all over Australia, and the final concert was a stunning success, with everybody combining forces for a beautiful concert. We are so thankful to our supporters and to the lovely audiences we had to all of our events, and we are looking forward to devising our next workshops …stay tuned for more info on that during the year.

Introducing Kailen Cresp, our very first Van Diemen’s Apprentice. Kailen was awarded a scholarship to our French Baroque Workshops early this year and will be performing as part of the orchestra in our Christmas concerts at the end of the year. Welcome Kailen!

Kailen began his musical life in 2007 starting Oboe in his local high school band, after successfully auditioning for the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School he continued through his year twelve and was given a scholarship to attend the University of Melbourne. He took interest in the baroque oboe during his final year of high school. While recently completed his Masters of Music Performance on modern and period Oboe, he has remained very active in the early music community and is always up for the challenge of learning a new instrument to add to his arsenal.

“Having the opportunity to work with world-class early music practitioners is a vital part of the development of emerging early music specialists such as myself. The significance of the opportunities provided by Van Diemen’s Band for young Australian musicians to gain experience of this calibre, on Australia soil, cannot be overstated.” Kailen Cresp, baroque oboist

Images from October 2016 session with international visiting artists baroque violinist (leader of the Gabrieli Consort and Players), Catherine Martin, and Paris-based Australian baroque violist, Deirdre Dowling (principal viola Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Collegium Vocale Gent).

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