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Harp in the Gardens

Michael Johnson: Musician And Composer (Contact us for Private and Public concerts)
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Earth Spirit
Harp Meditation.
Sunday 18th of July, 2pm
at Dromkeen Homestead
1012 Kilmore Rd, Riddells Creek. Vic.

Enjoy a deeply peaceful and immersive experience of mindfulness through the tranquillity of harp music
with Michael Johnson
Ticket : $30

Concert info : 0432 282 704


Have you ever thought of commissioning a song or a piece of music as a gift to someone you love,
or for a creative project? Or because you have a strong urge to support the arts?

As a multi-instrumentalist Michael Johnson has been composing for radio and television, documentaries, film, dance p...

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Harp Streams: One Year Subscription
The Music of Michael Johnson.
Resident Harpist and Composer from the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

As a great gift idea for someone you love, you could send a whole year's subscription to Harp Streams, a music player that features Michael's entire collected...

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Branch Out: Harp Meditation

May 20, 2021 – May 20, 2021

Branch Out: Harp Meditations
(For over 60s)

Thursday 20th May 2021
Arid Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Take in the calming scenes of the Arid Garden as composer and harpist Michael Johnson guides you through a tailored experience designed to enhance your wellbeing. Beginning with a gu...

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Harp Meditation at Brookwood House. Doreen

May 7, 2021 – May 7, 2021

The next Harp Meditation will be held at the Hazel Glen room, Brookwood House, 25 Hazel Glen drive Doreen. Vic.
on May 7th at 7pm

We will start with a Mindfulness meditation with Michael on the harp and then continue with a meditative harp concert. If you would like to experience the music layin...

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Twenty Years of Dancing in the Garden with Cosmos:

May 16, 2021 – May 16, 2021

Twenty Years of Dancing in the Garden with Cosmos:
Michael Johnson - Harp Raymond Hoefer - Oboe & recorder Michael Conolan - Cello

Sunday 16th of May 2021 2pm Dromkeen Homestead 1012 Kilmore Rd, Riddells Creek. Vic.

This year, Harpist Michael Johnson celebrates twenty years of composing in the ...

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Harp Meditation With Michael Johnson

Apr 9, 2021 – Apr 9, 2021

Dear Friends
Hope you are all well.
The next Harp Meditation session will be held at the Hazel Glen room, Brookwood House, 25 Hazel Glen drive Doreen. Vic.
on April 9th at 7pm.

We will start with a Mindfulness meditation with the harp and then continue with a relaxing meditative harp concert. If...

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Harp Meditations: Arid Garden

Mar 10, 2021 – Mar 10, 2021

Harp in the Gardens: Harp Meditations
South Yarra, Australia
Harp in the Gardens. Harp Meditations Relax and take in the colours of sunset whilst listening to the soothing sounds of music composed by harpist Michael Johnson in the glorious and newly restored Arid Garden at Melbourne Gardens. Mich...

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4 years ago
Come along and experience deep peace in the middle of the hustle and bustle of one of Melbourne’s major tourist attractions – our Botanical Gardens. Michael Johnson and Evripides Evripidou are generous, talented musicians offering free Wednesday Coffee Concerts near the Terrace Tearooms till the end of autumn. These two will soothe your soul and lift your spirits, while also deepening your appreciation of the treasure that is our Botanical Gardens. I can’t wait till the Temple of the Winds harp project is started and will be even more excited once it is complete.
- Stella S
2 years ago
Highly recommended! Beautiful meditation along with gorgeous harp music in a garden oasis in the heart of the city....
- Kirsty J
4 years ago
What a wonderful morning, listening to the two talented musicians Michael Johnson and Evripides Evripidou. In addition, we learned a lot about the gardens and its interesting sustainable projects. It was a highlight of visiting Melbourne. Thank you!
- Christiane M

Michael Johnson and Harp in the Gardens

For over a twenty years, Michael Johnson has been the resident harpist and composer at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, performing in the “harp the Gardens” recitals, Concerts on the Lake and the "Twilight Music" concert series, providing his music for tens of thousands of overseas guests and visitors to the gardens.

The Twilight Music concert series originally started at the Cranbourne Australian Garden in Summer, but later moved to the Terrace restaurant at the Melbourne gardens. The purpose of these concerts was simply to compose and perform uplifting music ...musicians would perform with the back drop of the gardens as the sun was setting over the lake.

As well as a concert performer, Michael has been working in the field of music for meditation . His tranquil harp music has been an integral part of the Mindfulness Music program at the Gawler Foundation, In Victorian schools and at Delmont hospital. The Royal Botanic Gardens have also embraced Michael's experience of using music as a tool for mindfulness. They have asked him to run the harp meditations in the New Arid garden and meditative wellbeing gardens as part of the healthy lifestyle program.
Join Michael in the Virtual Harp Meditation

During the warmer months, Michael's concerts are often held on the punts on the lake. The ornament lake and its bird-life has been a huge inspiration to a lot of Michael's compositions....particularly the swans.

For many years, Michael's Spring concerts were held in William Tell rest house, but also in Mueller hall and the Rose Pavillion. Bi-annually, Michael puts on a free harp concert on Christmas day on the Oak lawn, intended for those who have lost a family member during the year. To find out where Michael is performing next in the gardens, or to book for a private concert, you can phone 0407 302 771
or go to Michael's own site:

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Alexandra Ave & Anderson Street, Melbourne
Melbourne VIC 3141

Opening Hours

Mon:10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tue:10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed:10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thu:10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fri:10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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