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A series of free concerts featuring the best baroque and contemporary music will entertain residents and visitors at Broadford during January.

The concerts, at 11.30am each Sunday in January, will be at a private property feauring a beautiful garden, known for hosting classical concerts while guests sit under the shade of a large ash tree.

The cream of Australia’s performers such as the newly-formed ‘Clinch Saxophone Quartet’ led by Niels Bijl, Andrew Angus on oboe and the newly-formed folk group ‘Tapsalteerie’ will play at the concerts.

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The concert schedule is as follows:

January 2: Clinch Saxophone Quartet, led by Niels Bijl.

January 16: Andrew Angus on baroque oboe and Peter Hagen on harpsichord. Music by Telemann and Couperin on historically authentic instruments.

January 23: Niels Bijl on saxophone and Peter Hagen on harpsichord – a new dimension; hear saxophone playing baroque music.

January 30: Tapsalteerie – re-imagining of folk music with traditional and original music in catchy tunes and arrangements.

The performers have been invited by organiser Peter Hagen, who will play harpsichord in some of the concerts.

Mr Hagen said the free coffee concerts were not to be missed.

“People will have the rare opportunity to hear the beautiful strains of early music played on traditional instruments by the best of Victoria’s early music artists. Attendance is a must,” he said.

“Bring your morning coffee in a thermos, a blanket or picnic chairs and a picnic too. Invite friends and family and celebrate live music again.”

Mr Hagen said performers would relish sharing their craft after a challenging year of COVID restrictions.

The concerts will be COVID safe with precautions to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all.

Numbers are capped at 60, with spaces expected to be taken up quickly.

A retiring donation will be encouraged to support the musicians who have experienced a difficult time during lockdowns.

Bookings are essential due to COVID rules and for emergency updates. To book, visit 

Total fire ban requirements may alter the scheduled performances. Please see www. or email peter@ for updates.

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