Synonymous with the brand of the newly established Van Diemen’s Band, we will hold regular workshops in conjunction with our concert series. The workshops will provide the opportunity for amateur players, professional, and pre-professional performers to achieve excellence in Historically Informed Performance (HIP) through lessons, masterclasses and lectures which emphasise a fun, casual and supportive environment – designed to build confidence as well as develop advanced HIP knowledge and experience. The workshop activities combine large ensemble playing, technical studies with HIP lectures and demonstrations. Participants will have the opportunity to study a variety of aspects of 17th and 18th Century HIP.

French Baroque Summer Sessions 
20 – 24 January 2018, Hobart
International Guest Artists: Martin Gester and Aline Zylberajch from Le Parlement de Musique, Strasbourg.

We are really excited to announce our French Baroque Workshops for pre-professionals and amateur musicians. What a great and rare opportunity for both talented early career and emerging Australian performers, and passionate advanced amateur musicians to learn from international guests Martin Gester and Aline Zylberajch on their first visit to Tasmania!

The intensive workshops will run over 5 days and musicians will have the opportunity to work on specifically chosen French Baroque repertoire with our international tutors, culminating in a showcase concert at Hobart Town Hall on the 24 January.

The workshops are open to experienced players from advanced amateur level to professional level seeking to further their knowledge of Historically Informed Performance practice. In the case that we have not met before, applicants may be asked for an audition recording or references from their teachers.

Applications forms will become available in the next month, but please save the dates and feel free to get in contact with us if you have any questions. We look forward to celebrating the splendour of the French Baroque with you this summer in Tasmania!

See photos below from our 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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