Donald Nicolson

12-20 April 2013

MONACELLO Tuesday 16 April 11am

Fine music plus a relaxed picnic at Australia’s most famous art precinct.

Tasmania’s sensational, internationally celebrated Museum of Old and New Art, MONA, will be the venue for two unique events in Hobart Baroque, a brand new festival celebrating music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

MONACELLO is a rare live performance of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello. Among the most celebrated and enigmatic works by this great musical genius, they are regarded as the cornerstones of the cello repertoire, the greatest solo works ever composed for that magnificent instrument.

Four young Australian cellists, each from a different state, will participate in the all-day marathon with special international guest, Finnish virtuoso Timo-Veikko Valve, principal cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra playing two of the suites.

MONA is closed to the public on Tuesday, but audiences for this one-off event will have exclusive access to the Nolan Gallery. Patrons will be welcomed with morning tea before moving to the Nolan Gallery to hear the first three suites. A brief introduction will be provided by Dr. Robert Gibson, PhD (Sydney), PhD (Oxford).

After lunch, the second session, will be introduced by popular ABC Classic FM presenter Christopher Lawrence.

Lunch and refreshments included in the price of admission.


Suite No 1: Edwina Cordingley (Victoria) Cello, Replica after Guarnerius, made in England by Michael Watson in 1991

Suite No 2: Timo-Veikki Valve (Finland) Cello, Giuseppe Guarneri (filius Andreæ) and Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri (del Gesù), Cremona Italy,
1729, generously on loan from Mr Peter Weiss AM HonDLitt.

Suite No 3: William Hewer (Tasmania), Cello, Northern Italy, circa 1710

Suite No 4: Christopher Pidcock (ACT) Cello, Cello, W. Schnabl based on Montagnana’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ cello, Bavaria, 2006

Suite No 5: Timo-Veikki Valve Cello, Cello, Giuseppe Guarneri (filius Andreæ) and Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri (del Gesù), Cremona Italy,
1729, generously on loan from Mr Peter Weiss AM HonDLitt.

Suite No 6: Robert Manley (QLD) Cello, Cello, Helge Grawert, 2004

MONAORGANISM Saturday 20 April 7:30pm


The Organ Room at MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, is the unique venue for a once-only Baroque Banquet to celebrate the inauguration of Australia’s first and only annual festival of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

So called because it houses a rare 1847 organ belonging to the Tasmanian branch of the National Trust, the Organ Room is a spectacular private space with breathtaking views over the Derwent River.

Limited to just fifty guests and with a magnificent menu created by MONA’s multi-starred executive chef, Philippe Leban, the dinner will showcase not only magnificent Tasmanian produce but also a rare performance on the organ by the talented Donald Nicolson of Latitude 37, Finnish cellist Timo-Veikko Valve, principal cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Robert Manley on the baroque recorder.

“I’ve done considerable research on menus for similar banquets in the 18th century,” says chef Leban, “and each course is inspired by the period but re-interpreted to suit contemporary taste.”

Guests will be greeted with Moet and Chandon’s Brut Imperial champagne and the wines served with each course will be specially selected from the cellars at Moorilla.



Lobster bisque, cognac crème

Seafood Vol-au-vent


Parfit of Chicken and foie gras

Tartine of wild mushrooms


Crème of cauliflower, croutons and cepe mushroom

Soupe a l’ognion – Louis XV

Hare terrine, spiced fruit compote

Ragout of seafood Normande

Whole baked salmon, white wine and truffle sauce

Rabbit with Beaumes de Venise and raisins

Robbins island beef cheek braised in red wine

Duck roasted in hay, oyster sauce

Les legumes

Gratin of silverbeet

Roast vegetables cooked over embers

Stuffed vegetables

Fricassee of artichokes

Ragout of wild mushrooms

Les desserts

Chausson aux pommes

Sauternes Crème brulee

Ille flottante

Jellied fruits


Mulled wine

Tea to be served after dinner as coffee was not yet fashionable.

HOBART BAROQUE runs from 12-20 April 2013
For full festival program and bookings, please visit
Hobart Baroque is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Graeme Wood AM

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