Presented by Van Diemen's Band

Van Diemen’s Band invites you to explore the historic borderlands of Europe.

For centuries, generations of composers wrote music as their homelands changed ownership under their feet.

Shifting borders and the meeting of cultures at the edges of the Holy Roman and Ottoman Empires created a fascinating musical backdrop to the tumult of the Thirty Years War. An atmosphere of division, boundaries, climate and common ground – themes that resonate strongly even in our lives today.

Van Diemen's Band Artistic Director Julia Fredersdorff has curated a program that explores the sublime simplicity of music of the early baroque period. Works startling for their originality and spirited evocations of battles and dances, as well as a new commission by Donald Nicolson, written especially for the program — all performed with the raw freshness that audiences have come to know from music on gut strings and instruments of the past. 

Don't miss this perfect symbiosis of old and new.

Check out the reviews from our 2022 mainland and Aotearoa/New Zealand tour.

"VDB ... bring new and compelling ideas to the table ... these musicians are here, in 2022, making sense of music from the past now"
— Sydney Morning Herald
"An inspired exercise in musical curation, expertly delivered"
— Limelight Magazine
"superbly imaginative and deeply engaging ... hopefully the elegant, communicative playing and thought-provoking programming ... will beckon others towards new horizons"
— The Age
"This concert was a yardstick by which others should be compared"
— State of the Art


Artistic Director & Baroque Violin

Julia Fredersdorff

Baroque violin

Simone Slattery


Katie Yap

Viola da gamba

Laura Vaughan


Anton Baba


Donald Nicolson


Simon Martyn-Ellis

Anton Baba’s Baroque cello courtesy of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.


Sonata No. 5 in F from Musicalische Frühlings-Früchte (Hamburg 1668) 



  1. Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) - Galliard battaglia à 5 SSWV 59
  2. D. Becker - Paduan (from Musicalische Frühlings-Früchte)
  3. Mr de Sainte-Colombe (1640-1700) - Les Pleurs (from Concerts à 2 violes égales)
  4. Scheidt - Courant à 4 SSWV 57
  5. Georg Muffat  (1653-1704) - Passacaglia from Sonata No 5 in G major (Salzburg 1682)


Sinfonia à 5 op 2, No. 3 in C major (Venice 1700) 



Sonata Jucunda  (Manuscript from the Kromêríž Collection, Czech Republic)


Spirals (Melbourne 2022)

Download or view the full program notes here - BORDERLANDS 2023 DIGITAL PROGRAM.

Event and ticketing details

Date & Time

Palais Theatre Franklin Fri 20 October
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Tullah Lakeside Lodge Sat 21 October
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Hawley House - SOLD OUT Sun 22 October
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Stanley Town Hall Tue 24 October
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Scottsdale Mechanic's Institute - SOLD OUT Wed 25 October
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Portland Memorial Hall, St Helens Thu 26 October
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Ian Potter Recital Hall (The Hedberg) - SOLD OUT Sat 28 October
3.00pm - 4.00pm Assistive listening
Ian Potter Recital Hall (The Hedberg) - SOLD OUT Sat 28 October
6.00pm - 7.00pm Assistive listening
Australian Digital Concert Hall Wed 01 November
7.00pm – 8.00pm


nipaluna/Hobart $50.00 Full
nipaluna/Hobart $30.00 Concession
Scottsdale $40.00 Full
Scottsdale $30.00 Concession
Scottsdale $20.00 Child
Franklin, Tullah, Hawley Beach, munatrik/Stanley, St Helens - Full $40.00
Franklin, Tullah, Hawley Beach, munatrik/Stanley, St Helens - Concession $35.00
Franklin, Tullah, Hawley Beach, munatrik/Stanley, St Helens - $30 under 30 $30.00
Franklin, Tullah, Hawley Beach, munatrik/Stanley, St Helens - Child (12 and under) $25.00
Australian Digital Concert Hall $24.00


Palais Theatre Franklin

3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin TAS 7113

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Hawley House

68 Hawley Esplanade, Hawley Beach TAS 7307

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Stanley Town Hall

10 Church Street, munatrik/Stanley TAS 7331

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Scottsdale Mechanic's Institute

11 King St, Scottsdale TAS 7260

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Portland Memorial Hall, St Helens

39 Cecilia St, St Helens TAS 7216

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Ian Potter Recital Hall at The Hedberg

19-27 Campbell Street, Hobart TAS 7000

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Australian Digital Concert Hall

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Event notes


60 minutes with no interval

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