Shell Prom Concert

Saturday Series/01

With support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Saturday 20 February at 5.00pm

Grounds of Government House, Yarralumla
Gates open at 3.15pm
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Concert Details

Marc Taddei Conductor
Alan Vivian Clarinet

In 1616 Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog became the first European to set foot on Western Australian soil. As a record of his achievement, he left behind an inscribed pewter plate.

In 2016 the CSO and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands invite you to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Hartog’s landing by bringing a plate to the Shell Prom Picnic Concert.

The CSO has crafted an eclectic and highly entertaining program of music from both the Netherlands and Australia, which the conductor Marc Taddei describes as a “journey through Europe, with a particular focus on the Netherlands. We will also perform music inspired by Italy and Spain—seen through the eyes of two Russians and a work of the great German composer, Richard Wagner, based on the myth of the (appropriately enough) Flying Dutchman.

I am delighted that the Shell Prom Picnic Concert 2016 will focus on long standing Dutch–Australian relations, marking the 400th anniversary of the landing of Captain Dirk Hartog on the shore of Western Australia in 1616
- HE Annemieke Ruigrok, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Shell Prom Picnic Concert is a family-friendly event where you can kick off your shoes, sit on a rug, and enjoy a picnic supper while the Canberra Symphony Orchestra serenades you. A range of gourmet hampers, complete with Lerida Estate wine, are also available for pre-order from Ginger Catering - click here. Alternatively, the SES will be cooking up a sausage sizzle and deluxe burgers to serve from the BBQ on the day.

For information regarding cancellation or postponement due to severe weather, visit or our Facebook page. Any decision regarding changes to the schedule will be made in consultation with the Bureau of Meteorology and Government House.

Duration 120 mins