Compere

Christopher Lawrence has long been one of the nation’s best-loved radio personalities with a career in broadcasting that spans more than three decades. He is currently presenter of Drive on ABC Classic FM. His recording work has earned him three ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Awards, a Churchill Fellowship, and an International Emmy from the US television industry. Among his many talents, Christopher has written and produced numerous radio features and been a guest conductor for several Australian symphony orchestras. He is the mastermind behind the Swoon CD collection, which evolved out of his ABC Classic FM breakfast program and went on to become the highest-selling classical compilations ever released in Australia (more than 500,000 units). He has also written several best-selling books including Swooning – A Classical Music Guide to Life, Love, Lust and other Follies, and Swing Symphony. Christopher has been based in Tasmania since 2007 and has compered many TSO concerts, including the Family Classics series, RACT Symphony under the Stars and the ABC-Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. He is married to baroque violinist Julia Fredersdorff and they have two daughters, Mina and Belle. In 1999 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from the University of Central Queensland.