EVENTS- Instruments for sale / hire - links to EM groups

FOR HIRE -See below for Harpsichord & Bass viol for HIRE, and links to other early music groups at the bottom of the page.




 24th - 25th April 2021

The Early Music Society of Victoria is organising a 2 day viol consort workshop, to be held over the weekend of 24th/25th April at the home of Lyn and Peter Hawkins at 182 Berringa Road Park Orchards 3114.

There are three rooms available for consort playing including the main music room for combined groups and a library of viol consort music is available. Players from beginner to advanced are invited to come. The music director for the weekend will be Reidun Turner.

The programme is flexible, but will start at 9.30am each day with all participants meeting together before breaking into three consort groups of up to 6. The pitch will be A415.

Reidun will concentrate on coaching the less experienced players, whilst advanced players will be able to work on a range of pieces from the English viol consort repertoire with less frequent coaching.

Beginners are expected to be able to play on each string separately and know what the strings are.

The EMSV bass is available for hire for $50/week. There is also a tenor instrument available for private free short term loan as well. The instruments need to be hired for at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop in order for the player to be familiar with the instrument. (Hire forms attached.)

Nominal session times will be:

(1)  9.30 - 10.00 (group warm up)    (2)  10.00 - 11.15     morning tea     (3) 11.30 - 12.45  - Lunch-   (4) 1.45 - 3.00,  afternoon tea  (5) (Sat) 3.30 - 5.00.  (Sun) 3.30 - 4.30 pm.

We are expecting that after the 5th session on Sunday there will be an opportunity for groups to perform a piece they've worked on before a sympathetic and appreciative audience of fellow viol players.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but participants are expected to bring their own lunch. However there will be a pot of soup available.


The fee will be $50 each for the weekend or $30 for 1 day. Attendees are encouraged to come both days.

The workshop is restricted to EMSV members. Non members will be asked to join the Early Music Society, and pay the membership fee of $15 per annum for individual or family with one email address. Please request a membership form if needed.

PAYMENT: Bank transfer is preferred. Cheques should be sent to EMSV, PO Box 100 Park Orchards, 3114.

Bank Transfer details: Pay by bank transfer to account: The Early Music Society of Victoria Inc

                  CBA:   BSB No 063-001     CBA Account no 00908428

Under receiver account description add EMSV viol - xxxxx (your surname).

When paying by direct debit, please email EMSV treasurer, Peter Brewer on  with your details as above and include the date of your direct debit.  


To register, please send the information below to ASAP as numbers are limited.

Payment should be made following confirmation of your place.

Name .........................…............…..

Mobile number  ....................  Email address .............………

Viols played  ……....…..   Preferred viol to play at the workshop .............

I will be bringing the following viols ………..............  I need to hire a viol (bass / tenor)  ..............

Please indicate briefly your viol-playing experience. Indicate as appropriate ...........

1. Beginner        2. Limited consort playing       3. regular consort playing and/or good sight reading.

Further enquiries to Lyn or Peter Hawkins  at , or 0407 765 220.


The Early Music Society of Victoria's annual Soirée will be held at the Auburn Hotel (formerly the Geebung Polo Club), 85 Auburn Rd, East Hawthorn, on Sunday 16th May, from 2-5 pm.

Cost will be $15 per head, which includes snacks but not drinks.

Members wishing to perform should advise Lyn Hawkins of what they intend to perform, and its duration.  Performances are to be limited to 12 groups, each a maximum of 5 minutes duration.  First in, best dressed. 

Members wishing to attend should advise Lyn Hawkins so that appropriate catering is provided.  Numbers may be limited by Covid restrictions.


INSTRUMENTS FOR SALE    (4 viols; Hurdy Gurdy; Treble recorder; harpsichord)

Hurdy Gurdy and Psaltery

Fred Kingshott (Qld) Medieval Hurdy Gurdy ($1900) and Psaltery ($750) – both ONO. Both with carrying cases. Mark Hill 03 9699 8417

Treble recorder (A=415 Hz)
Treble Recorder hand made by Howard Oberg. Pitch A=415 Baroque fingering. Beautiful, breathy sound and historical single holes. I’m not sure what kind of wood it’s made from, probably something Australian as Howard is known for preferring Australian timbers over European. Comes with soft case. Asking $1200 but open to offers. Please contact Dylan,


6 string Bass viol, hard case and bow. $5,500.

6-string bass viol by the Czech string instrument maker, Ceske, originally bought from The Early Music Shop in the UK 20 years ago. It has been fitted with "geared pegs" which makes tuning a dream.

 Enquiries: Andrew Parkin - / 0415 686 734 


FOR SALE: 3 Muthesius viols (treble, tenor and bass) for sale

German Ingo Muthesius. Bass, Tenor and Treble. Can sell together or separately. $20,000au for the set of three.

Please contact Sue Kelly for further details and photos.

FOR SALE: A full concert size double manual Hugh Craig harpsichord Hugh made for the Sydney Opera house circa 1975. It is 9’3” long and 45” wide and 3’ 1.5” high.

My husband started this project, but life got in the way. All Hugh’s parts are in a sealed box, unopened, as they came, list as follows: 310 HCH Harpsichord jacks-plastic, 6 packs of Delrin plectrum strips, 1 pack leather plectrum strips, Lock key, 3 metres Spring wire, Jack damper felt strips (enough for 310 jacks), Damper insertion tool, 5 tongues, 10 pivot pins, 1 extra length of spring wire, 3 complete jacks

The instrument has a cabinet made from Queensland walnut, with rosewood keyboard keys and ivory sharps. It requires finishing to be playable. Please see photos attached.  Cost: Instrument- $1,500 (negotiable). Parts: $1,708 (direct exchange rate)  Or  $3,000 for the whole package. 

Kristine Mellens 0407 392918