Two weeks ago, The Wombat Post featured an article about Ensemble Pompadour, a musical duo who  will be performing a concert at Christ Church in Daylesford on Saturday July 29.

Hepburn Community Radio caught with one half of the ensemble, Simon Rickard, for a chat about his musical background and his interest in historical instruments.

Simon Rickard is primarily a specialist in historical bassoons, from the 16th to the 18th centuries. He is also a leading exponent of a bizarre renaissance woodwind instrument called the racket and the baroque musette, the smallest and poshest member of the bagpipe family.

Simon has a parallel career in gardening.  Formerly head gardener of the Diggers club, overseeing the much-loved gardens of Heronswood and the Garden of St Erth,  Simon now runs his own garden design and communication consultancy.

You can listen to the interview on the Hepburn Community Radio Soundcloud.

The Ensemble Pompadour concert promises to be unique, special and charming, ideally suited to the intimate and beautiful setting found at Christ Church Daylesford.

Date: Saturday, July 29
Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: Christ Church, 54 Central Springs Road, Daylesford.

All enquiries to Frank Page: or 0417 010 817.