Christ Church Daylesford is embarking on a third year of concerts encouraged by the popularity of the series in previous years.

Concerts series over the past two years have included four concerts each year with an eclectic range involving a diverse range of instruments and covering music dating back to the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

This year, Christ Church is presenting nine concerts across the year with a combination of both new and returning artists and ensembles. The series wll feature a number of artists from the UK and Europe and new and emerging Australian artists, many of whom are leading in their chosen instruments and musical genres. A number of artists have approached Christ Church wishing to be part of of our series suggesting that previous concerts have been enjoyed by the musicians as well as the audiences.

The program for 2024 includes:

Saturday 24 February
Duo Zefira: Roberta Diamond, soprano; Hannah Lane, baroque harp
A program that explores the music of the Iberian Peninsular and its influence throughout Europe. Traditional melodies from the Sephardic diaspora are intertwined with theatre music from the Spanish Golden Age and popular compositions that travelled to the other end of the continent.

Saturday 13 April
Jakob Lindberg, lute and theorbo
Jakob Lindberg is one of the world’s foremost and prolific lutenists. This master lutenist will explore the great works of the French and Italian Baroque on the noble and stunning theorbo. Works by John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Alessandro Piccinini, Giovanni Kapsperger, Robert Ballard and Robert de Visee. Concert in Stanbridge Hall.

Saturday 25 May
Patrick Savage, violin; Konrad Olszewski, piano
Lost Gems from the Golden Age of Hollywood. A program of masterpieces linked to the world of classic cinema. Incredibly rare concert works by iconic Golden Age Hollywood composers as well as music by Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, Schnittke and Copland, and virtuoso works by John Williams. All performed by one of Britain’s leading virtuoso violinists, Patrick Savage, with the brilliant Konrad Olszewski on piano.

Saturday 29 June
Lizzy Welsh, baroque violin
Joy Lee, harpsichord
Long-time collaborators and early/contemporary-music specialists, violinist Lizzy Welsh and keyboard player Joy Lee join forces to explore the complex relationships between composers and performers. Featuring works for baroque violin and harpsichord, this captivating programme expertly navigates across several centuries.

Saturday 27 July
Gryphon Baryton Trio: Laura Vaughan, baryton; Katie Yap, viola; Josie Vains, cello
Divertimento. Joyful music by Joseph Haydn written for the baryton – King of Instruments, and Instrument of Kings. The trio draw on the vivacity and combined chamber music and historical performance practice of their shared experience. The little-known baryton is a rather magnificent Classical instrument, similar in size to a cello with six gut bowed strings plus a course of 10 wires strings which resonate sympathetically and are also plucked like a harp.

Saturday 24 August
The Artamidae Quartet: Donic Tran, violin; Fiona Qiu, violin; Harry Swainston, viola; Nadia Barrow, cello.
Bow and Curtsey. The award winning Artamidae String Quartet takes centre stage in a captivating concert experience, inviting you to immerse yourself in an afternoon of classical brilliance. Join them as they weave musical stories of dance, friendship and passion featuring Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2, Tchaikovsky String Quartet no. 3 Andante and Purcell’s Fantasia no. 1.

Saturday 21 September
Consortium: Laura Vaughan, Laura Moore, Reidun Turner, Ruth Wilkinson, Victoria Watts
Highs and Lows. Witness the evolution of the consort, from the timeless beauty of traditional pieces to the bold innovations of the avant-garde. Delving into the 16th and 17th centuries, featuring Orlando Gibbon’s mastery of the art of composing for the lower registers.

Saturday 26 October
Hepburn Players: Shane Lestideau, guest director and violin; Tim Drylie, tenor; Andrew Welsh, harpsichord.
Local chamber orchestra, Hepburn Players, present a program of favourite concertos and arias from the Baroque period. Composers include Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli and Handel, and also Haydn, whose long and prolific career spanned the late Baroque and early Classical periods.

Saturday 30 November
Daylesford Community Brass Band: Mark Lyall, music director.
Fire – Water – Wood. The Daylesford Community Brass Band is proud to present Fire-Water-Wood, a musical exploration of ‘community in place’. Journey with us to lava flows dotted with volcanic cones, to rives and waterfalls slicing their way through basalt, and finally to woodlands and forests that continue to awe and, just occasionally, frighten us. Fire-Water-Wood draws upon original works for brass band to show how the environment of the Hepburn Shire can be a site of knowledge and inspiration.


Time: All concerts in this series commence at 2.30pm
Venue: Christ Church, 54 Central Springs Road, Daylesford.
Information: Visit the Christ Church Concerts facebook page or Frank Page (e:, m: 0417 010 817)

This article is based on a media release from Christ Church, Daylesford.