The Hobart Chamber Orchestra
Now in its 33rd year, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra has established itself as a high quality ensemble with a reputation for initiative, innovation, building enduring collaborations, and the fostering of young talent. Membership is drawn from retired and current semi-professional musicians, Conservatorium students, 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, along with occasional guest conductors, and regularly features outstanding local soloists. Former conductors include the late Myer Fredman, the late Christopher Martin, Phillip Taylor, Joseph Ortuso, and Brett Kelly.
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 and performances as part of Festival of Voices. The Orchestra generally presents four or five programmes per year in Hobart.