Presented by Van Diemen's Band and Australian Digital Concert Hall

Van Diemen's Band Artistic Director Julia Fredersdorff has assembled an ensemble of artists from across the globe for Heroines, a cross-genre celebration of female composers from the Baroque and contemporary eras.

Recorded live in munatrik/Stanley during Ten Days on the Island, Heroines features works by little-known baroque composers including Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre are performed alongside new works by Australian composers Biddy Connor and Alice Chance, and Icelandic composer María Huld Markan Sigfúsdottír.

The VDB line-up includes London-based mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, renowned new/early music violin specialist Lizzy Welsh, and distinguished visiting French harpsichordist Aline Zylberajch. The inter-disciplinary project features a VDB commission from experimental film-maker Hanna Chetwin.

This extraordinary gathering of female artists from the past, present and future of music performance breaks new ground in Australia and exemplifies the Band’s innovative mindset within baroque music-making.

"Thankyou for a magical recital. Transformative and transcendent."
— Audience ember
""...impressive control, an irrepressible sense of drama and extraordinary self-assurance...Betts-Dean manoeuvred unflustered between registers and vocal modes with an unbroken sense of line and an unmissable, urgent musicality""
— Flora Willson, The Guardian



Lotte Betts-Dean

Artistic Director & Baroque violin

Julia Fredersdorff

Baroque violin

Lizzie Welsh


Aline Zylberajch

Viola da gamba

Laura Vaughan


Hannah Lane

Event and ticketing details

Date & Time

Australian Digital Concert Hall Fri 11 August


Australian Digital Concert Hall $24.00


Australian Digital Concert Hall

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Event notes


60 minutes with no interval