The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival


DATE: 19 – 23 October 2023
LAND ONLY TWIN SHARE: AUD $3,015 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD $775 per person

Since its debut in 2017 the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival has rapidly developed into one of Australia’s premier boutique fine music experiences. Over three days, audiences enjoy a rich diversity of music and artists, performing this year in the heart of Hobart and in rural New Norfolk.


Since its debut in 2017 the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival has rapidly developed into one of Australia’s premier boutique fine music experiences. Over three days, audiences enjoy a rich diversity of music and artists, performing this year in the heart of Hobart and in rural New Norfolk.

We invite you to join our small touring party, which will take in five concerts in special venues such as Government House, Hobart Town Hall, St David’s Cathedral and the barn at Valleyfield Farm, New Norfolk, as well as some local sightseeing. Our tour group will be small, but you will be sharing the Festival experience with around 120 other guests. Accommodation will be on Hobart’s waterfront.

The Festival opens with the brilliant young Orava String Quartet playing Mendelssohn and Schubert in the Ballroom at Government House followed by supper. On Saturday they are joined by the vibrant

and versatile pianist, Stefan Cassomenos in the Schumann Piano Quintet. In the afternoon Stefan will accompany the warm silky tenor voice of international star, Steve Davislim in a lieder recital that will include Schumann’s poetic Dichterliebe.

On Saturday night in a candle-lit St. David’s Cathedral, The Song Company will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Byrd, considered to be one of the finest and most significant composers of the Renaissance.

Sunday we travel to New Norfolk and the atmospheric barn at Valleyfield to be delighted by recorder player Genevieve Lacey and Piano accordionist extraordinaire, James Crabb. Following this will be a very special lunch at Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet’s, The Agrarian Kitchen with interludes by our two, star performers.

YOUR TOUR LEADER: Len Amadio AO has had a distinguished career in music administration in the ABC and subsequently in senior arts positions in the South Australian Government. He has served on many National Boards and Committees including the Adelaide Festival, Opera Australia, Australian Youth Orchestra and the ABC. He has travelled extensively in Europe, North America and South and East Asia, and has conducted thirty tours for Alumni Travel including eighteen in Europe.


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 at The Henry Jones Art Hotel will be possible at 2pm.

1530: After your arrival in Hobart, Len will lead an optional walking tour to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Return to the hotel to freshen up.
1900: Join your fellow travellers for your welcome dinner. Overnight in the Henry Jones Art Hotel. (D)

Breakfast at the hotel.

0930: We make our way to Hobart’s waterfront where we will pick up our ferry to MONA at 1015 hrs.

MONA is Hobart’s Museum of Modern and New Art, a private venture by a local Vigneron built into the cliff-face of the Derwent, upstream from the city. It houses an eclectic mix of art forms that have intrigued the owner, some impressive, some challenging and some very funny. Expect the unexpected as you wander through the galleries.

Our ferry delivers us to the museum, where there are quite a few steps to negotiate. As there is so much to see and parts of the collection appeal to some more than others, this will be free time to wander. You can stay and have something to eat as well, or you can return to the city by ferry a bit earlier. Ferry Tickets and Museum entry are included in your tour price.
On your return to the hotel, time to freshen up for our first concert at Hobart Government House.

1715: Meet in the Hotel lobby before we stroll to Government House.

1800: Take your places for the Concert with Orava Quartet.

Concert 1
Mendelssohn – String Quartet no.2 in A Major Op 13
Schubert – String Quartet no. 13 in A Minor D. 804 Op.29 “Rosamunde”
Kilar – “Orawa” (1988)

Post-Concert Supper

2030: Stroll back to the Hotel. Overnight in the Henry Jones Art Hotel (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time.

1015: Stroll to Hobart Town Hall for our next concert.
Orava Quartet returns with Stefan Cassomenos (piano)

1100: Concert 2
William Byrd – Ave Verum Corpus
Tomas Luis De Victoria – O Magnum Mysterium
Schulhoff – Five Pieces for String Quartet (1924)
Schumann – Piano Quintet

1230: Free time for your own Lunch around the waterfront, or return to the hotel.
Return to Hobart Town Hall in time for your next concert with Steve Davislim (tenor) and Stefan Cassomenos (piano).

1430: Concert 3
Beethoven – An die ferne geliebte
Schumann – Dichteliebe

Free time to freshen up at the hotel.

1800: Meet your tour leader in the Lobby and walk to Peppina Restaurant for dinner before this evening’s Concert.

After Dinner, walk to St. David’s Cathedral for Concert 4, with The Song Company.

2000: Concert 4
William Byrd – Tristitia et Anxietas
David Lang – I want to Live (where you live) (contemp Amer.)
Jeremy Cull – Super Flumina (contemp. British)
William Byrd – Ye Sacred Muses
Pelle Gudmunsen-Holmgreen – You and I and Amyas (contemp. Danish)
Gabriel Jackson – In All His Works (contemp. British)
William Byrd – Tribue Domine
Gabriel Jackson – I Gaze Upon You (contemp. British)

At the end of the concert, make your way back to the Hotel. (B,D)

Breakfast at the hotel.

0915: Board the coach for today’s trip to New Norfolk and our next concert venue, Valleyfield.

1100: Concert 5
Your Concert today is perfomed by Genevieve Lacey (recorder) and James Crabb (piano accordian)

Diego Ortiz (c.1510-70) – Recercada Segunda
Giovanni Palestrina (1525-1594) – Vestiva I Colli (with divisions by Francesco Rognoni)
Andrea Keller (1973) – Where is Everybody?
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) – Sonata No. 3 in D minor BMW 527
Damian Barbeler (b.1972) – Shadow Box
John Banister (1630-1679) – A Division upon a Ground.
Sally Beamish (b.1956) – Lament
Trad. Scottish/arr, Crabb) – Mary Scott, the Flower of Yarrow Cuckold Come out of the Amrey

1300: Lunch at the Agrarian Kitchen with your hosts, Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet. Interludes and Conversations with the artists.

1530: Board the coach for the drive back to your hotel. Free evening. (B,L)

Breakfast at the Hotel.

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)


Land Only per person, twin-share A$3,015
Single Supplement A$775


  • 4 nights accommodation twin share with private facilities at Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart
  • 3 day all-inclusive musical program
  • Transport in comfortable air conditioned coach where required
  • Transfers, touring and entry fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily and other meals as indicated in the itinerary: 3 dinners (D), 2 lunches (L), wine and other beverages offered with all
    included meals except the cruise
  • Performance Tickets
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
  • Expert tour leader throughout


  • Transportation to and from Launceston and airport transfers. Airfares can be purchased in addition.  Please specify requirements at time of booking or you can check:  or
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal nature (telephone, laundry, etc.)

Please contact for the best fares available at the time of booking.

I’m Interested…How Do I Book?
Fill in the online Booking Form, read and agree with our Terms & Conditions, select your payment option for your deposit of $450.00 per person to Alumni Travel and Submit. Upon receipt of your Booking Form and deposit, you will receive a confirmation of your place in writing.

The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the tour cost and will be fully refunded if the arrangements can not be confirmed or the tour is cancelled by Alumni Travel. Final payment for the tour needs to be received at least 60 days prior to tour departure. An invoice will be sent to you about a fortnight before the final payment becomes due.

Any cancellation from the tour needs to be done in writing. The cancellation date will be taken from the day your written cancellation is received by Alumni Travel. Because of the tour cancellation charges imposed by our various suppliers, the following cancellation charges apply, per person:

Over 60 days $100.00 – Administration Fee
59 – 40 days 25% of tour cost
39 – 10 days 50% of tour cost
Within 10 days 100% of tour cost

If a difference occurs between these cancellation conditions and those imposed by our suppliers, then the conditions of the supplier shall apply.

There is no refund before or after travel has commenced or for any unused portion of the tour, either in regard to the standard group arrangements or separate independent arrangements.

Any payments by credit card will be subject to a 2% non-refundable Merchant Administration Fee.

It is now standard policy with our company that all our international travellers have some type of international travel insurance, so that you are covered for any unforeseen circumstances that may arise. A comprehensive Insurance brochure is available from Alumni Travel. The insurance brochure contains the terms and conditions under which insurance cover will be offered to you.

If you would like Alumni Travel to assist you with any additional arrangements pre or post tour, please contact our office for assistance at time of booking. All arrangements need to be finalised at least 30 days prior to your departure.

An administration fee of $30.00 per amendment will be charged for any changes made to any reservation within 30 days prior to your departure. Any additional charges imposed by our suppliers will also be payable.

In the event that passenger numbers do not reach the minimum number of tour participants (approximately 10, excluding the tour leader) required for the tour, it may be necessary to either surcharge or cancel the tour. If such an event does occur, you will be notified at least 60 days prior to the tour departure.

All documentation will be ready approximately two weeks prior to your tour departure.

This tour price has been calculated on the basis of exchange rates and tariffs at time of print and is subject to change up until final payment has been received. At the time of final invoicing (approximately two months prior to the tour departure date), Alumni Travel reserves the right to re-cost the tour based on actual exchange rates. This could mean an increase or decrease to the above listed prices. Should you decide to cancel your arrangements on the basis of a change in the tour price, normal cancellation charges will apply.