FRIDAY 16 APRIL
Fly into Hobart, arriving after mid-day. There may be a chance to arrange transport from the airport. Closer to final payment, we shall check the flights that would be best for a joint transfer. Check-in will be possible at least at 2pm. Afternoon free. Meet your Tour Leader in the hotel lobby for our transfer to the venue for our Welcome Dinner. Return transfer to the hotel. (D)
SATURDAY 17 APRIL
Breakfast. Your Tour Leader will take you on a stroll through Hobart’s Battery Point, including some special visits. Then you will have free time to explore the Salamanca Market, which is open today. Lunch is your own choice. Return to the hotel in your own time.
1345: We board the coach from the hotel for the drive to Pontville, where our weekend musical festival will be located at Epsom House, and where we will be in the capable hands of our hosts, Jacqui and Geoffrey Robertson, and the program presenter, Christopher Lawrence.
EPSOM HOUSE – Country House Weekend of Music performed by Seraphim Trio and Friends
Anna Goldsworthy – Piano
Helen Ayres – Violin
Tim Nankervis – Cello
Andrew Havoren – Violin
Jacqui Nankervis – Viola
Lorina Gore – Soprano
1430: Welcome champagne and canapés
1500: Introduction from Christopher Lawrence.
1515: Concert 1
Sieczynski – “Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume”
Haydn – Piano Trio No 27 HOB XV 27
Mozart – Four Arias:
“Abendempfindung” K 523
“Frai I pensier” from Lucio Silla
“Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen” from Zaide
“Nel grave tormento” from Mitridate re di Ponto
Mozart – Piano Quartet K478
1715: Pre-dinner drinks in the garden
1800: Entrée and Main courses in the Courtyard
1900: Concert 2
Schubert – Notturno in E Flat D897
Schubert – Four Songs:
“Nacht und Träume”
“Gretchen am Spinnrade”
“Der Tod und das Mädchen Erlkonig”
1945: Interval with Dessert and coffee
2015: Concert 2 (continued)
Schubert – String Quartet No. 14 “Death and the Maiden”
2130: At the end of the performance, the coach will take you back to your hotel. (B,D)
SUNDAY 18 APRIL
Breakfast. Free time for a stroll around the waterfront.
1015: We board our coach for the trip to Pontville for the second day of the festival.
1100: Coffee and cake
1130: Concert 3
Kreisler – “Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta”
Beethoven – String Trio Opus 9 No. 2
1230: Concert 3 (continued)
Webern – “Langsamer Satz” for String Quartet
Brahms – Piano Trio No. 1 Opus 8
1315: Buffet Lunch in the Courtyard
1415: Christopher Lawrence Conversations
1445: Concert 4
Brahms – Piano Quintet Opus 34
1545: Concert 4 (continued)
Kreisler – “Liebesleid”
Kreisler – “Liebesfreud”
Strauss – “Emperor Waltz” Opus 437
Lehár, Stolz and Kalman – Five Songs:
Stolz – “Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein” from Der Favorit
Kalman – “Heia, in den Bergen” from Die Csardasfurstin
Lehár – “Vilja lied” from Merry Widow
Lehár – “Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiss” from Giuditta Festival encore
Lehár – “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” from Land of Smiles
1630: Wine and Cheese in the Courtyard
1730: After our feast of music, our coach takes us back to Hobart. Free evening. (B,L)
MONDAY 19 APRIL
Breakfast at the Hotel.
0900: hrs Our coach picks us up from the hotel for the leisurely drive to the Huon Valley. 80% of the island’s apple production grows here, so the Huon Valley gives Tasmania it affectionate nickname “The Apple Isle”. In 1792 Frenchman Admiral Bruni D’Entrecasteaux explored and named the area after his second in command, Huon de Kemadec. The apple growing industry began in 1840 with the first European settlers and became the area’s chief economic focus for over a century. From Hobart, we head south along the scenic Huon Road. After passing across the foothills of Mount Wellington/Kunanyi, the beautiful valley, will open up before you and exciting discoveries await.
A plethora of possibilities to explore the wilderness and the delicious produce are available. Only 30 minutes south from Hobart, you can find yourself at an award-winning winery or walking among the treetops at a state-of-the-art airwalk. As one of Australia’s fastest growing foodie destinations, there is no shortage of dining options for every palate imaginable. We will stop at a number of gourmet food and beverage suppliers to taste local produce, such as cheese makers, cider, gin and wine producers and chocolatiers, before we arrive at our Farewell Luncheon destination.
1430: With a bit more time for a stop or two, we eventually wend our way back to Hobart and the hotel and our final evening.
There is no organised activity this evening. (B,L)
TUESDAY 20 APRIL
Breakfast. Check out of your accommodation. Take yourself (maybe share taxi) to the airport for your flight home, or, continue with your own arrangements. (If you arrange your return flight around late morning, this should guarantee that you will be on a flight with other members returning to your State.) (B)