Elizabeth Bay House
Enjoy the beauty and grandeur of Elizabeth Bay House as you listen to music by Bach, Haydn and a stunning aria from Handel's Partenope. Delight in the magnificent sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings and afterwards enjoy beautiful Sydney harbour views with drinks and canapés.
About Elizabeth Bay House
Whether by accident or design, Elizabeth Bay House was built in direct alignment with the sun’s rays on the winter solstice, creating a magnificent display each year. The concert program takes inspiration from this phenomenon, and relates to the theme of sunrise and sunset.
Following the concert, you will have an opportunity to view the magnificent interiors of Elizabeth Bay House – once considered ‘the finest house in the colony’, and then enjoy the views of Sydney Harbour over light refreshments served in the dining room and verandah as you mingle with the artists.
With only fifty places available for each concert, tickets for this special event are sure to sell out quickly.
With commanding views over Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House gleams like a Greek temple. Once surrounded by famous landscaped gardens, it is one of the most splendid private houses ever built in Australia and still arouses our delight and astonishment. Its elegant rooms and fine proportions, sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings reveal the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, after the governor, the most important public official in colonial Sydney. But it was his magnificent gardens which most keenly expressed his tastes and passions, and in the economic downturn of the 1840s pushed him towards ruin. Elizabeth Bay House is an iconic Sydney home, with an iconic Sydney back-story of obsession for property and position stretched beyond means and undone by changing financial times.
Saturday 27 September
2pm – 4.30pm
BACH Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor
HANDEL Aria from Partenope - "Sento amor con novi dardi"
RESPIGHI Il tramonto (The Sunset)
HAYDN String Quartet Opus 76 No. 4 - "The Sunrise" Quartet
Musicians from the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra with Anna Yun, mezzo soprano
Address: 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW, 2011
The best way to get to Elizabeth Bay House is via public transport. We are located about 4.5 km east of the Sydney CBD.
The 311 bus will bring you to Greenknowe Avenue, a 10-minute walk from Elizabeth Bay House. The bus runs between Gresham Street in the city and Railway Square via Elizabeth Street, Woolloomooloo and Elizabeth Bay.
Elizabeth Bay House is a 7-minute walk from Kings Cross train station, which is on the Eastern Suburbs/Illawarra line.
Onslow Avenue is a one-way street, so from Elizabeth Bay Road you need to turn into Ithaca Road. We don’t have parking at Elizabeth Bay House, and street parking in the area is limited. There is one accessible parking space outside the southeast corner of the house. For buses, there is one 15-minute parking space for dropping-off and picking-up on Onslow Avenue opposite the entrance to Elizabeth Bay House.
Unfortunately there is not secure parking for bikes at Elizabeth Bay House.
If you require wheelchair access, please let us know when you book. There is wheelchair access via a ramp at the back of the property. There is one accessible parking space.