Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar

We are one of Sydney's favourite General Second-hand Bookstores. Walk through to our beautiful courtyard Cafe that transforms into a tapas Bar at night.

- We buy and sell used books, sheet music and records, host live music and events and are available for venue hire -


Christmas Eve: Open but will close at 4pm

Tuesday 25th Christmas Day: Closed

Wednesday 26th Boxing Day: Closed

Thursday 27th: Closed

Friday 28th: Open 9am to 7.30 pm

Saturday 29th: Open 9am to 7.30 pm

Sunday 30th: Open 9am to 7.30 pm

New Years Eve: Open but will close at 1.30pm

New Years Day: Closed


Monday: 8.30am to 7.00pm

Tuesday: 8.30am to 7.00pm

Wednesday: 8.30am till late

Thursday: 8.30am till late

Friday: 8.30am till late

Saturday: 8.30am till late

Sunday: 9:00am to 7:00pm

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Robert Clancy

Robert's first teacher was guitarist Jose Luis Gonzalez, who after 3 years and at the age of 10 in Sydney 1964, took him to play for Andres Segovia. During his teenage years he studied with Don Andrews and Antonio Losada, and performed often with Nicholas Petrou. At the University of Sydney with special encouragement from Winsome Evans he turned to the Renaissance and Baroque lute.
After graduating with B.Mus, he won a two year Swiss Government scholarship to study mediaeval and renaissance music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. He studied lute with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois, and musicology with Thomas Binkley and Sterling Jones amongst others. 

Also teaching at SCB were Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, who invited Robert to play with Hesperion XX in 1980. He was the principal lute player with the group for five years, participating in many concerts and recordings. Some of the regular players at that time included Hopkinson Smith, Ton Koopman, Christophe Coin and Paolo Pandolfo. In 1982 he co-founded the ensemble La Stavaganzawith Enrico Gatti and Rinaldo Alessandrini.  

Returning to Sydney in 1985 he formed The Broken Consort, attracting both state and federal funding and for 12 months performed and recorded with many Australian musicians including Gerald English, Catherine Finnis, Winsome Evans and John O'Donnell. He was given special support by Musica Viva, the ABC and 2MBS-FM. 

In 1986 he developed a neuro-physiological condition in the right hand called focal dystonia which brought to an end his concert career. He continues his work as a computer programmer and is making a return to the stage, much to everyone's delight.

Earlier Event: October 24
Michael Dimarco
Later Event: October 27
Bella Fiorentino