HOBART CHAMBER ORCHESTRA INC.

Rutti Requium, St David's Cathedral, 2012

St. George's Church 2010

Farrell Centre 2014




Next Concert: Saturday 27th November, 7:30 pm. St. David’s Cathedral, Hobart

Next Concert

Hobart Chamber Orchestra presents its next concert on Saturday 27th November at St David’s  Cathedral,  Hobart
 
Peter Tanfield will be director and violin soloist in the following delightful program:

•Albinoni Sinfonia in G major
•JS Bach Concerto in D minor BWV 1052R
•JS Bach Air (from Suite No 3)
•Vivaldi Concerto in D minor for two violins and ‘cello obbligato
•Corelli Christmas Concerto

 
 

Booking details soon.

 

 

Hobart Chamber Orchestra presented a concert on Sunday, 20th June at 3.00 pm, at St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, Harrington St. Hobart
 
Emma McGrath, concert master of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, conducted a programme of Hidden Femmes – Hidden Gems. Also Cello soloist Alexandra Békés
 

The program celebrated the artistry of female composers and comprised five pieces:
*Moon Feather Magic / Elena Kats-Chernin
*Nox / Natalie Williams (a triple concerto for violin, viola and cello and strings)
*Concerto for Strings / Margaret Sutherland
*Quartet for Strings (in One Movement) / Amy Beach

*Impressions (solo cello) / Henrietta Bosmans, arr. Tom Rimes
 
 
HCO Concert poster - June 2021

HCO concert of Hidden Femmes, Hidden Gems conducted by Emma McGrath

 
 

 

 

 

Concerts planned for later in 2021:

Sunday June 20 – a programme of string works by female composers, directed by TSO concertmaster, Emma McGrath and with cello soloist, Alex Bekes.
 
Saturday July 10 – Festival of Voices – Gordon Hamilton’s Requiem recomposed.
 
Sunday September 12 – programme including a work for Saxophone quartet by Jabra Latham and featuring Xyris Quartet. Conductor Gary Wain.
 
Saturday November 27 – Peter Tanfield with direct be violin soloist in works by Albinoni, Bach, Vivalkdi and Corelli.
 
 
Hobart Chamber Orchestra
HCO concert 2nd May. 2021
Don Kay, 28 March 2021
Hobart Chamber Orchestra
Hobart Chamber Orchestra
A Shropshire Lad
Michael Lampard, baritone
Gary Wain, Conductor
St. George’s Church, Battery Point
September 29

Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No 44 in E minor, known as the Trauer’ or ‘Mourning’ symphony, is typical of the minor key works of what is termed the composer’s ‘storm and stress’ period. The HCO played with admirable precision and control under Gary Wain’s astute direction. In his introduction the conductor helped the audience’s perception by speaking of the work’s ‘terraced dynamics’, the music being basically loud or soft with abrupt transitions between these extremes. He also made gentle fun of horn player Mandy Parson’s supposed love of the tricky horn writing in the high register, which she of course then delivered with aplomb!

 

Before his move to the mainland some years ago Tasmanian-born baritone Michael Lampard had established a reputation for his performances of the English art song repertoire. A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad poems (1896) were the source for a number of musical settings in the first decades of the 20th century. All the more touching then that the best of these settings of verses about the loss of young lives was also the finest achievement of young composer George Butterworth who died in action on the Somme in August 1916 aged 31 years. Lampard sang with beautifully rounded tone and sensitivity to the texts. The original piano accompaniment was here most successfully orchestrated by Gary Wain, prefaced by the wonderfully evocative opening of the composer’s orchestral ‘Rapsody: A Shropshire Lad’. Once again the orchestra’s contribution was very fine and carefully rehearsed.

 

The remainder of the program consisted of Percy Grainger’s arrangement of the famous ‘Londonderry Air’under the title ‘Irish Tune from County Derry’ and Antonin Dvorak’s ‘Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op 22’. The Grainger is always a winner with any audience while the joyous Dvorak work was played with warmth and energy, if not guite the same consistent polish in execution that marked out the rest of the program. This was a most varied concert that provided great enjoyment.

 

Peter Donnelly

St Georges Church Sept. 2019