Congratulations to Gatehouse

As an Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital we support Gatehouse, which provides assessment, treatment and advocacy services for young people affected by sexual abuse.

Congratulations to Gatehouse for recently winning the Minister’s Award for Innovation in Protecting Children category for the 2018 Victorian Protecting Children Awards. Read more here.

The Carrie Bow Suite ~ by Tom Campbell

Tom with horn at BeechworthOur concert on Friday, 7 September 2018 will feature a special performance of the Carrie Bow Suite, composed by our very own Tom Campbell (principal horn).

Carrie Bow Caye is a tiny sand island on the Meso-American barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea, 18 km off the coast of Belize that is used as a Smithsonian marine research field station. A few years ago Tom was invited by Dr. Janie Wulff, a long-time friend and world authority on sponges and marine ecology, to spend a week on Carrie Bow doing the underwater photography for a research project on recovery from predation of various types of sponges. The Carrie Bow Suite describes musically some of the places and experiences from that time on the reef.

Tom studied at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and has held positions in orchestras in Germany and Australia. He is currently a freelance horn player, teacher and composer, a brass and woodwind repairer at Campbell Brasswind Service, the Australian and New Zealand agent for Alexander horns at Alexander Australia and sound recordist and sound designer at Studio 22 Productions in Melbourne. Tom has composed for solo instruments, large and small chamber groups and full orchestra. His music has been described as cinematic and is almost always in some way programmatic, describing pictures, scenes or emotions.

Next concert: 7 September 2018

Soon we will begin rehearsing for our third concert of the year. We are excited to offer the following program, which will have something for everyone:

  • Tom Campbell – Carrie Bow Suite
  • Julius Rietz – Oboe Concerto
  • Carl Maria von Weber – Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 1

Tickets will be available on our website soon!

Mark your diaries for 15th June: Beethoven, Wagner and Sibelius

It is now May, which means our next concert is officially next month! Mark your diary for Friday, 15th June to enjoy this special program:

  • Beethoven – Leonore Overture No.3
  • Wagner – Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (with soprano Lee Abrahmsen)
  • Sibelius – Symphony No.1

We’re lucky to welcome back Lee Abrahmsen who is a multi-award winning soprano both on the operatic stage and concert platform. Read more about Lee on her website.

Purchase your tickets here.