The Best of British with Alexander Sitkovetsky and ACO2 - Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Best of British with Alexander Sitkovetsky and ACO2

19 - 30 August 2015


HANDEL Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.6, No.1, HWV319
PURCELL Chacony in G minor, Z730
PANUFNIK Violin Concerto
HOLST St Paul’s Suite, Op.29, No.2
BRITTEN Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10


Alexander Sitkovetsky, Guest Director & Lead Violin


The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents ‘The Best of British’ performed by ACO2 and starring international director and violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky. ACO2 brings together musicians from the ACO with the rising stars of Australian music.

‘The Best of British’ draws on a rich body of British compositions from the Baroque period through to the 20th century, combining much-loved music by Handel, Purcell, Holst and Britten with the exquisite violin concerto by Sir Andrzej Panufnik, a highly respected 20th-century composer and conductor who escaped communist controlled Poland in the 1950s and made the UK his home.

Tour dates:

19 Aug 7pm Darwin Entertainment Centre

21 Aug 7.30pm The Memo Healesville

23 Aug 2pm Montrose Town Centre

26 Aug 8pm The Capital Bendigo

27 Aug 7.30pm Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool

28 Aug 7.30pm Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre Mt Gambier

30 Aug 2.30pm Elder Conservatorium Adelaide

The West Australian, 2014

“It was an exquisitely played offering by ACO2…violinists Helena Rathbone and Aiko Goto, stalwarts of the ACO, gave inspiring leadership to the next generation of gifted young orchestral musicians. In C.P.E. Bach’s String Symphony No.1, the players seemed positively to exult in its challenges; its rhythmic vitality set the pulse racing. The peak of the afternoon, though, lay firmly in the keeping of William Walton, whose Sonata for Strings flashed into powerful life courtesy of an ensemble very much on its collective toes. Splendid corporate tone and bracing attack and follow-through made this a performance to cherish”



Audience Member, Northern Lights, Southern Skies, Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Hobart

"We are walking on air ... Thank you AcO2 for an amazing performance this evening at the Tas Conservatorium of Music. The program was a masterpiece and the players thrilling." 

Audience Member, Northern Lights, Southern Skies, Burnie Arts and Function Centre

"A wonderful programme. And wonderfully played - thank you! Thanks, too, for the ACO2 project as a whole - love the involvement of the more experienced players (especially that they seem to bring such enthusiasm), and really enjoy the excitement of seeing the younger musicians."