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Regency High Tea: Fashionable Fun

Past Event

Saturday, 22 July 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

* This event is currently sold out


Step back in time as we celebrate the Regency period in style. Library curator Margot Riley will host this elegant afternoon event complete with costumed characters, melodies and a traditional Austen era menu.

Margot will explore all aspects of social behaviour of the era, when strict guidelines regulated interaction between the sexes and eligible unmarried girls were never left in the company of a gentleman without a chaperone. But, in the guise of a dance and under the cover of music, young people could talk and even touch in ways not permitted elsewhere. Learn about the secret signals conveyed by flowers, and the fan, through a series of elegant ‘tableau vivant’ set to music enjoyed by the author herself, and played on a period instrument by acclaimed Sydney harpsichordist Joanna Tondys.

A complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a selection of T2 tea will be served at this elegant afternoon event, along with a traditional menu which includes:

  • Chicken, basil and walnut finger sandwiches
  • Vegetable frittata (GF) (V)
  • Braised lamb, onion, spinach and red wine pithivier 
  • English scones with jam and cream
  • Limoncello meringue pie
  • Chocolate ganache, raspberry and gold leaf tartlet
  • Tea and coffee
  • Cash bar available

Period dress is encouraged!

head shot of Joanna Tondys Joanna Tondys is a professional musician and harpsichordist who specialises in early music. Her knowledge and experience in period music and historical performance has been enhanced by many prestigious awards and study opportunities both in Sydney and overseas. She is currently Assistant to the Artistic Director at Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and teaches the harpsichord at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


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