Prelude Festival

The Prelude Festival Sunday 3 November of three concerts will be held in historic Richmond in the heart of the Coal River Valley. Come and join in the festival atmosphere in Richmond and take the opportunity to also enjoy its historical ambiance and many delights including galleries, antique shops, cafés and restaurants.



“Cuckoo and the Nightingale” performed by Van Diemen’s Band

11am Sunday 3 November, St Luke’s Church, 30 Torrens Street, Richmond

Star performers from Van Diemen’s Band Julia Fredersdorff (Artistic Director and Violin), Martin Gester  (Organ) and Aline Zylberajch (Harpsichord) come together to perform a dazzling kaleidoscope of Baroque works, including Handel’s ever-popular concerto “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale”, here arranged for violin, harpsichord and organ.


Muffat – Sonata in D major     

CPE Bach – Sonata for Organ and Harpsichord Wq 176 

JS Bach – Violin Sonata in A major BWV 1015

Handel – Concerto for Organ in F major “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale” HWV 295

Concert 2: “Triple Strings” performed by String Theorem

1:30pm Sunday 3 November, St Luke’s Church, 30 Torrens Street, Richmond

Mozart’s six-movement work, written towards the end of his life, makes full use of the sonority of violin, viola and cello. Filled with melodic charm, it reveals Mozart’s gift for expressing profound things in an easy-going framework.

String Theorem is an exciting new ensemble based in Hobart. Ji Won Kim (violin), Caleb Wright (viola) and Nicholas McManus (‘cello) also hold major roles at the TSO, and the festival is delighted to present the group in its local debut.


Mozart – Divertimento in E-flat, K 563

“Beethoven’s Harp” performed by Alma Moodie Quartet

3:30pm Sunday 3 November, St Luke’s Church, 30 Torrens Street, Richmond

Opening with three short pieces from Bach’s “Art of the Fugue”, we plunge into the twentieth century with Reger’s short and witty second quartet. Beethoven’s mighty op 74 string quartet, with its harp-like instrumental effects, and its exciting variations finale brings the concert to a dazzling conclusion.

Alma Moodie Quartet has burst on to the classical music scene with its highly polished and exciting performance style. Made up of four of Australia’s brightest young musicians (Kristian Winther, Anna da Silva Chen, Meagan Turner and Thomas Marlin) this will be the quartet’s Tasmanian debut and a guaranteed treat for all music-lovers.


Bach – Pieces for String Quartet

Reger – String Quartet No.2

Beethoven – String Quartet in E flat, op 74 (“The Harp”)


5pm, Venue to be advised

Please join our performers for an hour and relax as our guests with a glass of wine and nibbles.

Full-day passes include admission to all concerts and the after-party. Single concerts tickets will also be available closer to the date.