The Hobart Chamber Orchestra
Now in its 34th year, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra has established itself as a high-quality ensemble with a reputation for initiative, innovation, building enduring collaborations, and fostering young talent. Membership is drawn from semi-professional musicians, Conservatorium students, music teachers and experienced amateurs pursuing other careers. The orchestra regularly performs under the direction of local conductors Gary Wain, Greg Stephens and virtuoso violinist Peter Tanfield. It regularly features and accompanies outstanding local and visiting soloists.
Repertoire is drawn from the core classical string and symphonic orchestral canon, music of Australian composers, lesser known contemporary orchestral music, and choral works, and has included premieres. Highlights in the last few years have included all of the Brandenburg Concerti of J.S. Bach, Carl Rütti’s Requiem with the Loose Canon Chamber Singers, Tippett’s Concerto for Double String Orchestra, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons in Buenos Aires and regular performances as part of the Festival of Voices including Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 2017, the Brahms Requiem in 2018 and in 2019 the Cherubini Requiem. HCO generally presents four or five programs per year in Hobart with an occasional regional concert such as on 2 May this year in Launceston.