The regional tour was a lot of fun. It was my first crack at principal bass with the TSO - a real blast. It was a one bass gig, a great program of baroque and early classical pieces, including Biber Battalia (and all the fun of Bartok pizzes, and paper under the strings to make the bass sound like a snare drum), JC Bach Symphony no 6 (real sturm and drang happening) and Haydn 43.
After a week in Melbourne came my first gig with Elanee Ensemble, who are Jo St
Leon and Stuart Thomson (pictured). They are a Viola and Bass duo, establishing
a fabulous repertoire for this quirky but very effective pairing. I was in the
Rolla Concertino a Tre, originally written for viola, cello and bassoon, but
performed on this occasion by viola and two basses. Great fun, and lots of floor
My next chamber gig is on Sunday 24/3, when I retackle Failing and play the
Dittersdorf Duetto with Will Newbery.
Photo - you put your bass down for 5 mins and some
bloke picks it up! Stuart Thomson trying out the Lott in the new studio, that is
almost finished and ready for me to move in!