Project Description


DATE: 16 – 20 April 2021
LAND ONLY TWIN SHARE: AUD $2,595 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD $625 per person

Alumni Travel is delighted to offer another special tour to Hobart for a musical weekend celebrating the great music that came from the Imperial city of Vienna from composers from Mozart to Lehár at historic Epsom House, featuring Seraphim Trio with Andrew Havoren, Jacqui Cronin and Lorina Gore.



Alumni Travel is delighted to offer another special tour to Hobart for a musical weekend celebrating the great music that came from the Imperial city of Vienna from composers from Mozart to Lehár at historic Epsom House, featuring Seraphim Trio with Andrew Havoren, Jacqui Cronin and Lorina Gore, and presented once again by broadcaster and writer, Christopher Lawrence.

Epsom House, a delightful restored sandstone Inn in historic Pontville, out of Hobart, will be the location for performances by nationally acclaimed Seraphim Trio, returning to Epsom House, and bringing with them three friends; Andrew Havoren, SSO’s Concertmaster, on Violin, Jacqui Nankervis, partner of Seraphim’s Tim Nankervis, on Viola, together with Principal Soprano, Opera Australia, Lorina Gore. The performances will be interspersed with refreshments and talks, spread over the weekend of 17 and 18 April.

You will be staying in downtown Hobart close to Battery Point, with Salamanca markets and the waterfront.

The weekend program will be supported by coach trips, including an exploration of some of the attractions of Battery Point, and a gourmet tour of the Huon Valley with lunch at Home Hill winery.

YOUR TOUR LEADER: Stephen Block has had a long and interesting career in professional arts management. With a comprehensive knowledge and love of classical music, he had a fulfilling career in senior management roles with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Australian String Quartet before retiring to Hobart a few years ago. He has continued his involvement in the arts through a number of voluntary roles, mostly focusing on fundraising. Stephen also has a strong interest in history, architecture and gardens and is currently continuing his interest in all things German by further university study. This is the seventh Epsom House concert tour that Stephen has led for Alumni Travel.



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)

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
With “Friends”
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”
“Ave Maria”
“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)

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

1215: Interval

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

1530: Interval

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)

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)

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)



Land Only per person, twin-share A$2,595
Single Supplement A$625

• 4 night’s accommodation twin share with private facilities at RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel
• 2 day all-inclusive musical program
• Transport in comfortable air conditioned coach
• Transfers, touring and entry fees as indicated in the itinerary
• Breakfast daily and other meals as indicated in the itinerary: 2 dinners (D), 2 lunches (L). wine and other beverages included in all included meals
• Performance Tickets
• Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
• Expert tour leader throughout

• Transportation to and from Hobart 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 Tony 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.