Sunday 7th May 2017,
St George’s Church, Battery Point,

Conductor: Gary Wain

French Horn Soloist: Greg Stephens

G.F. Handel
Concerto Grosso Op.6 No. 2
Jim Coyle
The Golden Thread – Premiere
Soloist: Greg Stephens (French Horn)
G. Bizet
W.A. Mozart
Symphony No. 28 in C

This is the premiere of The Golden Thread

Jim Coyle has written about the genesis and meaning of The Golden Thread:

“I was Greg Stephens’ music teacher when he was in high school in Sydney. We lost touch for some years, only to meet again at a TSO composers’ week. As a result of that week, I was asked by Tim Jones for a major tuba piece (the result was ‘Deep’ – premiered at MONA last year) and by Greg for a large-scale work for French horn.

The horn is a wonderful instrument with so many associations; the battlefield, the sylvian glade and the depths of space are all its natural territory. Its main association for me is with the heroic.

I decided to write Greg a piece about my heroes. High on the list of my personal heroes are close friends of mine who have struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol. These are struggles of great pain and difficulty and are all the harder because most of the battles are fought on the inside.

‘The Golden Thread’ of the title refers to that unalterable part of the self that retains its integrity even in the darkest bouts of addictive illness.

‘The Golden Thread’ is in five episodes (Jig, Elegy, Dance, Meditation and Finale) which are played without a break. They are linked by solo passages for the horn. There is darkness and light in the work, terror and joy too, but the heroism of the horn shines throughout.”

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Conservatorium Recital Hall, Hobart
Conductor: Gwyn Roberts
Piano Soloist: Jenni Flemming

Concerto Grosso in D minor

Piano Concerto in A major, K 414
Andante from Piano Concerto Op.102, No 2 in F major
Soloist: Jenni Flemming

Waltz from Serenade for Strings

Dag Wiren
Serenade for Strings

Saturday 21 October 2017

St David’s Cathedral, 7.30pm

Musical Director and Soloist:

Peter Tanfield

Astor Piazzolla
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons