ARIA award-winning didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton, acclaimed jazz singer Hetty Kate and Melbourne indie songstress Rebecca Barnard (Rebecca’s Empire) are among the eclectic all-star line-up of performers featured in Arts Centre Melbourne’s new High Tea Live series. Previously known as Jazz High Tea, High Tea Live expands upon the jazz genre with performances featuring swing, rock, cabaret, opera and Broadway as well as special sessions for families. The beloved Arts Centre Melbourne tradition, features a different act on the first Sunday of every month from March until December.

Combining Melbourne’s two great loves, food and culture, this high-tea experience in The Pavilion is designed to delight all of the senses. Guests are greeted with a glass of bubbles on arrival before indulging in house-made cakes, pastries, savoury delights, and freshly brewed tea while enjoying some of Australia’s best vocalists and musicians. The menu includes Arts Centre Melbourne favourites such as opera and Battenberg cakes, panna cotta and scones with jam and cream.

On June 3, Australian singer and actor Jane Clifton will honour one of her favourite singers in Rock Venus: the Songs of Linda Ronstadt. The performance will feature favourites including Different Drum, When Will I Be Loved, Blue Bayou, Tumbling Dice, Love Is like a Heatwave and the No.1 hit You’re No Good.  Clifton will perform with rock ‘n roll gal royalty Clare Moore on drums and Rosie Westbrook on bass.

Fresh from Paris via New York City, jazz vocalist Hetty Kate will return to Melbourne to perform with outstanding guitarist James Sherlock and bassist, Ben Hanlon on August 5. Kate, one of Australian jazz luminary James Morrison’s favourite singers, will celebrate classics and curios from The Great American Songbook (also known as American Standards).Kate has graced stages from New Zealand to New York, released six acclaimed albums, sung for the lindy-hop/swing-dance community across Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, and more recently has joined the ABC Jazz / Universal Music stable of vocalists.

ARIA award-winning didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton will embark on a journey of the Australian landscape in September. By blending classical and contemporary sounds of the string quartet, guitar and didgeridoo, Barton paints a vivid picture inspired by the commonality between the different countries of the world, and how Australians walk together as one on this vast nation.

In October, Baby et Lulu – Australian chanteuse duo of Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge – will make their High Tea Live debut. The ARIA nominees celebrate la vie française with romantic chansons sung exquisitely in French. Along with their band, they shine a dazzling light on the French songbook and pay tribute to the great singers and songwriters of France.

Much loved Australian singer Nina Ferro will join the High Tea Live line up in November to perform some of Stevie Wonder’s greatest hits. In Wonderful: The Songs of Stevie Wonder, Ferro and her exquisite trio will perform Send One Your Love, Visions, Creepin, You & I, Knocks Me off My Feet, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, You Are The Sunshine of My Life and My Cherie Amour.

Melbourne Indie songstress Rebecca Barnard (Rebecca’s Empire) will bring her signature honeyed vocals to final High Tea Live of the year in December when she performs Rebecca Barnard does Joni Mitchell. The seasoned musician will team up with Peter Farnan (Pesky Bones) to celebrate the extraordinary artist with their favourite Joni Mitchell songs. Barnard has released six albums and says there is a subtle hint of Joni’s influence in each one.

Arts Centre Melbourne presents
High Tea Live
First Sunday every month
June – December
The Pavilion, 12pm
Bookings: artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183 

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