ACO and Sydney Dance Company performing Illuminated. Photo by Anthony Browell.
Back in 1975, a small group of like-minded string players came up with the idea of creating a small ensemble that would play music like an expanded string quartet. Later that year, they gave their first performance as the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Five superb musicians led the ACO until 1990, when a rookie from Wollongong was appointed to head up the Orchestra. Richard Tognetti is still at the helm today. In 2015, we celebrated both anniversaries: the ACO’s 40th and Richard’s 25th.
To celebrate such especial occasion, we invited renowned photographer Anthony Browell and Australian radio broadcaster Margaret Throsby to document in images and words the Orchestra’s year.
Maxime Bibeau, Principal Double Bass, at Bondi Icebergs Pool. Photo by Anthony Browell.
“It was a rare privilege to be given access to the innermost workings of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for our book. Over a period of months, I sat down with each and every one of the Orchestra members to record an interview that ranged over a broad cross-section of topics: their musical background, their career paths, the influences that guide them, their candid thoughts about being part of this world-acclaimed musical ensemble. How generous they were with their precious private-time! They gave me time to get to know hem, welcoming me into their homes. The focus for each one of them is not merely personal and professional satisfaction, but the greater good of the ACO itself. It's clear that everything they do is in the service of the music. They are passionate musicians who love their work, admire and like each other, have fun, cheerfully accept the hard parts of the job (the travel, the absence from family for long periods, the heavy work schedule across this country, the focus on rehearsing and rehearsing before every concert, even with familiar repertoire). They work harder than you can imagine. And the cherry on the cake for me was being given the opportunity to work with Anthony Browell, one of Australia's leading photographers, on this exciting assignment.” Margaret Throsby
The mesmerising result can be found in the pages of ACO40: THE FORTIETH YEAR book with Richard and ACO musicians captured in pictures and in their own words, on stage, in rehearsal, and in their private lives.
ACO40: THE FORTIETH YEAR
Margaret Throsby & Anthony Browell
This large-format deluxe book is released in a limited single-run edition of 1000 copies only.