The scent of freshly cut grass greeted my arrival at Clarendon on a beautiful spring evening. The opening night of a wonderful weekend of music, Tasmanian food and wine, beautiful gardens and heritage buildings. The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festivalisn’t just about the music. It’s a celebration of all the wonders Tasmania has to offer, in one beautifully crafted package.

As the name implies, the music is the main thing. A sprinkling of Tasmania’s finest musicians joined with artists from the mainland – some of international stature, all outstanding – to present a weekend of music that truly offered something for everyone. Asking around at the final lunch, I found that everyone had a different highlight. For some it was Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, for some it was Handel’s Cantata La Lucrezia,for some it was the Tinalley Quartet’s highly polished rendition of Ravel’s Quartet. For me, the performance that will stay with me for years to come was Umberto Clerici’s interpretation of Bach’s D Minor Cello Suite.

Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival The Tinalley String Quartet at the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival. Photo © Mel de Ruyter

The Festival opened with a fine dinner at...