Salon Music at Sydney Living Museums

Salon Music at Sydney Living Museums

Visit the Mint to hear Mrs Macquarie’s 1814 Thomas Kennedy cello, normally on display at the Museum of Sydney, and view some of the oldest and most significant musical instruments and scores from the Sydney Living Museums collection in the Caroline Simpson Library. 

Two different programs will be performed on Saturday 13 September, both featuring Bach performed on Mrs Macquarie's cello by Teije Hylkema, Principal Cellist, Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra. The 2pm concert features Schubert's glorious Quintet, and the 6pm concert, songs by Schubert and Villa-Lobos sung by Leah Thomas.

Following the performance, take a tour of The Mint, which once formed part of Governor Macquarie’s notorious Rum Hospital and later part of the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint.  Step inside the Caroline Simpson Library for an exclusive viewing of rare music-related objects from Sydney Living Museums’ collection, including one of the earliest known flutes made in Australia. 

Your ticket includes the concert, tour and light refreshments in the company of the artists and curators. 

About The Mint

Financed with 45,000 gallons of rum, Governor Macquarie’s ‘Rum Hospital’ provided 200 beds for convict patients. But stuffy, overcrowded and rife with dysentery, it quickly became known as ‘the Sidney Slaughter House’. In this award-winning redevelopment of Sydney CBD’s oldest public building and historic coining factory, past and present truly co-exist. Facing Macquarie Street, the elegant colonnaded building once formed the southern wing of Governor Macquarie’s notorious Rum Hospital and later part of the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint. The coining factory behind, shipped in pieces from England during the height of the gold rushes, contained the most cutting-edge technology in the colony. Integrating new and heritage buildings, historic structures and archaeological elements, the site today houses our head office and verandah café, while the central courtyard provides a tranquil oasis on Sydney’s busy Macquarie Street. The Mint is also home to the Caroline Simpson Library, which holds the only public research collection in Australia dedicated to the history of the home and garden.

Saturday 13 September

6pm – 8.30pm

BACH Prelude from Cello Suite No. 6 
Teije Hylkema, cello*

PURCELL Selected songs
Leah Thomas, soprano
Teije Hylkema, cello*

KUZNETSOV Andantino from Suite for 4 Cellos, Op. 13
Teije Hylkema, Eszter Mikes-Liù, Pierre Emery, Andy Hines, cello

STANHOPE Dawn Lament
Andy Hines, cello

VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Leah Thomassoprano
Teije Hylkema, Eszter Mikes-Liù, Andy Hines, Henry Urabnivicius, Margaret Iddison, Kenny Mizushima, Pierre Emery, Paul Stender, cello


SCHUBERT Quintet in C Major, D956
Caralin Ungureanu, Airena Nakamura, violin
Ewan Foster, viola
Teije Hylkema, Eszter Mikes-Liù, cello

* played on Mrs Macquarie's cello

10, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

The Mint is located at the Southern (Hyde Park) end of Macquarie Street, next to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

The Mint is a 5 minute walk from St James Station (City circle line) or a 10 minute walk from Martin Place station (Eastern suburbs line)

The nearest bus stops are on Elizabeth Street at Hyde Park, which is a  5-minute walk away. The 200 bus, which runs between Chatswood and Bondi Junction train stations on Mondays to Fridays only, stops on Macquarie Street.

There is no public parking at The Mint. The Domain parking station offers a $10 all day parking at weekends and is a 10-minute walk from The Mint. Enter from St Mary’s Road.
Limited meter parking is available in the streets around the Royal Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park. 

Buses and cars can pause to drop off and pick up south of The Mint on Prince Albert Road, or behind The Mint in Hospital Road.

he site is accessible. Please let us know if you require a wheelchair space when booking.