We are now about half way thro my 12 week contract with the TSO. Am still having a ball. I nipped back to Melbourne last week after recordings for The Australian Ballet, just before the 2nd Symphony Under the Stars gig in Launceston. We call outdoor gigs "muddy field" dates in the UK, for obvious reason - no mud here, just thoasands of people having a great time.
I am currently up to eyeballs practcing for three programs:-
this weeks regional tour - its my first gig as principal bass with the TSO
on 16/3 I do a chamber concert with the Elanee Ensemble, and Stuart Thomson's
arrangement of the Rolla Concertino is tricky for all of us
and the next chamber gig is on 24/3, with Will Newbery, doing the Dittersdorf
Duetto for Viola and Bass, plus I have agreed to do Failing!
The Tassie summer is still glorious, hi 20s or even clipping the 30s. Long may
Photo - Michael Fortescue, moi and Hugh Kluger, doing the
Hobart SUTS gig. I think its my best side!