A Prelude in Tea  Song Series

The Prelude in Tea Song Series is a scrumptious afternoon tea served from 2:30 followed by a 3:30 concert from some of Australia’s premiere vocal ensembles. The Idea of North, The Song Company, Bel a cappella... If you love voice you'll adore the Prelude in Tea Song Series.

Adult $48

Concession $30

Student $22

Child $16

Afternoon tea included.

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Design your year of music at the Independent. Choose between 3, 6, or 12 concert subscriptions to any of 18 concerts from The Prelude in Tea Series and the Prelude in Tea Song Series and save up to 20 percent.

Concession/Under 30s single ticket: $30

3 Concert Subscription: $81

6 Concert Subscription: $153

11 Concert Subscription: $264

Adult single ticket: $48

3 Concert Subscription: $129

6 Concert Subscription: $240

11 Concert Subscription: $418

Concerts in the Series

Sunday January 27 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi are a guitar duo based in Sydney, fast making a reputation for themselves for their exciting ensemble work and innovative directions. They return to the Indendent Theatre to present "Alchemy", a program featuring some of the finest guitar duets from around the World.
Sunday February 10 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. Men singing songs. Some of them are funny.
Sunday February 24 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. Nexas Quartet will present an exciting delve into Argentinean Tango with their unique and inspiring performance of both arrangements and new works.
Sunday March 31 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. From Beethoven’s good natured piano trio in E flat to the broad B major trio of Brahms, this program explores the many moods of Summer. The program is rounded off with Kats-Chernin’s Butterflying, Sculthorpe’s evocative Night Song and Piazzola’s Buenos Aires Summer.
Sunday February 10 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. The newly formed Bel a Consort (consisting of chamber singers from Bel a Cappella) will present an afternoon of Renaissance sacred polyphony, including Tomás Luis de Victoria's 'Requiem Mass, 1605'.
Sunday April 28 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. A spectacular double bill of music arrives at the Independent Theatre on April 28th where guitar and accordion duo Blue and Sentimental meet highly prolific chamber-folk super group The String Contingent.
Sunday May 12 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. Simon Kenway presents a concert of the most beautiful and inspiring music celebrating Mums this Mothers' Day. Featuring the talented Young Artists from Pacific Opera, tomorrow's opera stars of the future.
Sunday May 26 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert "Times and Seasons" celebrates The Marais Project's 20 years as one of Australia's most creative early music ensembles. Led by founder, Jenny Eriksson, the concert features guests, Swedish gambist, Leif Henrikson, and Eriksson's accomplished electric viola da gamba ensemble, Elysian Fields, in a concert that celebrates the many aspects of the vioila da gamba.
Sunday June 30 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. Smetana, the father of Czech music, forms the centrepiece of Seraphim’s first concert for 2019. Opening the program is Suk’s Elegie, followed by a new trio by Richard Mills, comprising a series of musical portraits, commissioned generously by Dimity Reed for her husband’s 80th birthday celebrations.
Sunday 28 July 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. In a unique concept, Flinders Quartet explores Shostakovich’s life through a prism of his string quartets. Inspired by Wendy Lesser’s book “Music for Silenced Voices”, this program will explore the life of Shostakovich through selections from his fifteen string quartets.
Sunday 25 August 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. Fire’s On is a passionate program consisting of three of the most lyrical and expressive pieces written for piano trio. Arensky’s romantic trio is scintillating and beautiful. This is followed by Babadjanian’s lyrical masterpiece and the fiery turbulence of Shostakovich’s trio no.2.
Sunday 29 September 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. n the 1920s America fell in love with the movies; Hollywood’s first stars were born on the silver screens of silent films. Although silent in name, the films of the 1920s were shown in picture palaces where the images sprang to life through the music performed live. Award winning artists Nick Russoniello and the Golden Age Quartet reimagine the magic of the picture palace, performing on 1920s instruments. This concert features a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant with a sparkling new musical score and the story of early cinema unfolds through a series of works by Camille Saint- Saëns, Rudy Wiedoeft and Charlie Chaplin. Artists: Nick Russoniello (saxophones), Daniel Rojas (piano), Anthea Cottee (Cello), Julia Russoniello (violin).
Sunday 27 October 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. Acacia Presents ‘The American’ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - SQ 15, K421 Alice Chance - A Sundried Quartet Antonin Dvorak - SQ 12, Op. 96 ‘American’
Sunday 10 November A Prelude in Tea Concert 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. The Idea of North are entirely deserved of their reputation as Australia's most awarded, best loved and longest running contemporary vocal group. This multi-ARIA Award-winning ensemble will astound and move with their incredible arrangements, flawless harmonies and dry, deadpan Aussie sense of humour. You'll not only experience world-class a cappella singing, but such is the group's down-to-earth nature, you'll also leave feeling as though you've know each member of the group for years. Since forming originally in 1993, there have been only a few changes to the line up over the years, but each time the group seems to improve their sound, their blend, their musicianship, and now, as a quintet, The Idea of North is in it's most exciting and versatile incarnation yet. Simply not to be missed.
Sunday 24 November 2:30 Afternoon Tea, 3:30 Concert. This special concert celebrates Seraphim Trio’s formative years at the Australian National Academy of Music, in a program for which they are joined by recent ANAM alumnus, violist Martin Alexander. Together, these outstanding musicians perform Mozart and Dvořák masterworks of the piano quartet repertoire.
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