Van Diemen’s Band launch their first Lunchbox Concert Series in collaboration with the Hobart City Council. Audiences are invited to spend their lunch-break in the magnificent nineteenth-century auditorium of the Hobart Town Hall, enjoying the cream of Tasmanian and international musicians in performances ranging from contemporary folk music, Turkish percussion, and baroque music on original instruments. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Prices are $10 and $15.
Tue 25 February 2020, 1.05pm
Donald Nicolson (organ) and Matt Stonehouse (percussion)
Donald Nicolson pulls out the stops on the Town Hall’s magnificent 1870 organ, accompanied by the supreme skills of Matt Stonehouse on Middle Eastern percussion in an original and exciting program combining musical styles.
Members of the Van Diemen’s Band Academy perform Italian chamber music by Corelli and his 18th-century contemporaries. Hear the next generation of HIP (historically informed performers) playing this stunning and distinctive repertoire as part of the VDB Italian Baroque Sessions.
Yyan Ng and Emily Sheppard write and play original contemporary folk tunes with shimmering fiddle and acoustic guitar lines, prepared and alternatively tuned violins, violas and guitars, ephemeral vocals, and complex rhythms and harmonies.
Tue 17 March 2020, 7pm
VDB and special guest Calvin Bowman (organ)
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Hobart’s justly famous instrument, special guest organist Calvin Bowman will show just what the Town Hall organ can do in some of the quintessential works of the repertoire. He will also be joined by Van Diemen’s Band for a performance of one of Handel’s celebrated organ concertos. Whether you are an organ aficionado or a neophyte, this is a performance not to be missed!