Tour manager Vicki Norton writes:
Day 1 (10 October)
We are off to St Helens near the Bay of Fires on the East Coast of Tasmania. Our first performance is at the Portland Memorial Hall, where we perform the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s Chaâbi.
Day 3 (12 October)
We perform at Tasman District School in Nubeena for 230 students whose ages range from 4 to 16, we then invited the younger children to stand in the orchestra to hear and feel the music around them.
We then perform at the old Asylum Building in Port Arthur, which is one of Australia’s oldest convict settlements.
Day 4 (13 October)
We perform at Hobart’s Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.
Day 5 (14 October)
We travel to Zeehan and perform at the grand old Gaiety Theatre, a beautiful building from 1898. The town used to have a population of 10,000 but now is home to only 800 people.
Day 6 (15 October)
150 primary school children from Zeehan, Strahan and Rosebury attend our morning performance in the Gaiety Theatre.
Day 8 (17 October)
We work with over 50 students from around Burnie, at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre. Local cello player Nicola tells us after the workshop: “Great! Amazing!”
That night we perform at Stanley Town Hall, an hour drive from Burnie.
Day 10 (19 October)
Our last stop for the tour is the Princess Theatre in Launceston. Before our final concert we run a string workshop for 45 students from the local area. Student Amy Richardson describes her time at the workshop: “I’m shocked by how talented the ACO players are… thanks so much for the opportunity!”