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.

Thank you for a wonderful evening of music

Last night’s concert was a great start to the year – well done everyone! It was an ambitious program for only 6 rehearsals but we enjoy a challenge.

Bravo to Donna Coleman who made us feel very lucky to see her perform Clara Wieck’s Piano Concerto and then a beautiful encore. As always, thank you to our audience and volunteers.

No post-concert photos this time – we were too busy recovering from Schumann’s 2nd Symphony…

Mark your diaries for our next concert on Friday, 15 June 2018 – featuring soprano Lee Abrahmsen.

Concert program: 1 December 2017

After a short rest we are ready to begin rehearsing for our final concert of the year! We will be performing the following program on Friday, 1 December 2017:

  • Rossini – Semiramide Overture
  • Elgar – Serenade for strings
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”

Come and enjoy a great musical evening at MLC in Kew, and support the Royal Children’s Hospital. Tickets are available online here. We hope to see you there.

Poster 1-Dec-2017