Van Diemen’s Band with Thomas Flint

Thursday 14th February 2019, 8pm

Dieterich Becker – Paduan

Franz Tunder – O Jesu dulcissime

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer – Die Fechtschule 

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum

Schmelzer – Lamento Sopra la Morte Ferdinand III

Johann Christoph Bach – Wie bist du denn O Gott im Zorn

Biber – Sonata Jacunda in D

Dietrich Buxtehude – Ich bin eine Blume zu Saron




Music flowed like sunlight through every corner of the eighteenth-century.
Melbourne Recital Centre
Perhaps the most ravishing sound I heard this year.
New Yorker critic Alex Ross on Stile Antico


Formed by baroque violinist and Artistic Director, Julia Fredersdorff in 2016, Van Diemen’s Band is an exciting new chamber orchestra dedicated to the historically informed performance of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Since relocating to the UK from Adelaide, bass Thomas Flint has appeared regularly as a soloist and worked with many of the UK’s finest ensembles, including The Tallis Scholars, Alamire, Tenebrae, BBC Singers, La Nuova Musica, London Voices and Stile Antico.

Van Diemen’s Band transports you to the 17th Century tradition of Abendmusik – evening music for the people – from Lübeck’s Marienkirche to Hobart Town Hall.

The Abendmusik tradition was established in the mid 17th century by Franz Tunder and subsequently handed down to Dietrich Buxtehude, his successor who held the post until his death in 1707.
During Buxtehude’s tenure, these concerts became so famous around Europe that they anecdotally inspired the young Johann Sebastian Bach to walk more than 400km from Arnstadt to attend them in Advent, 1705.

Joined by UK Bass, Thomas Flint, the splendour of Austro-German Baroque comes to life in this program of works by Schmelzer, Biber, JC Bach, and Marien-kirche organists, Tunder and Buxtehude.

Photograph: Peter Mathew & Marco Borggreve