Our players’ representative, Douglas Coghill has been particularly busy and musicians from the TSO have been particularly generous, and we will soon announce a wonderful array of treats and performances for those fortunate enough…or savvy enough…to be members of TSO Friends.

Sunday 3 June, 2.30pm
TSO Studio (Enter via door at corner of Macquarie and Evans Streets)

Matthew Goddard discusses the sometimes mysterious craft of orchestral timpani playing and will take questions from TSO Friends members.

RSVP to rsvp@tso.com.au or call 1800 001 190

Matthew Goddard commenced his musical journey as a drum kit player in Hobart, his musical interests eventually broadening into orchestral percussion. He studied percussion and timpani and the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating with an honours degree in Music Performance in 1997. Matthew maintained a busy freelance career in Melbourne, working primarily with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He was also a founding member of the percussion quartet Woof! which performed many concerts of new and established percussion quartet repertoire, recorded an ARIA-nominated CD of the Tuneful Percussion Works of Percy Grainger and was part of the Musica Viva In Schools programme in Victoria.

In 1998 Matthew worked in Japan as Guest Timpanist and Percussionist with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa before returning to his hometown of Hobart in 1999 to take up his current position as Principal Timpanist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Matthew plays percussion with the ensemble Sequenza and performs with Tracey Patten in the percussion duo MATTRA.

Matthew maintains a keen interest in new music and in recent years has premiered Sudhana’s Steps by Phil Treloar, a set of six pieces for solo timpani which he performed as part of MONA FOMA 2014 and in the Synaesthesia+ festival at MONA later in the same year. In January 2016 he performed a solo programme at MONA FOMA which included Elliot Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani. In 2018  Matthew will perform Diaphonous Nebulosities for solo timpanist, written for him by Scott McIntyre.

We look forward to welcoming you to an Open Rehearsal. Please note that we ask you to observe the same etiquette as for any TSO concert.

  • Please ensure that mobile phones (or any devices that may create noise), are turned off – or in silent mode.
  • Please be punctual and gather in the foyer of the Federation Concert Hall, as latecomers cannot be seated.
  • You will be ushered to a seating area.  Once seated, please remain in your chosen seat

As this is a rehearsal, you may hear only parts of the concert program, rather than the full program; you may hear some parts several times, and some parts might be omitted, at the conductor’s discretion.

Additionally we request:

  • Please do not applaud.
  • Please do not enter or leave during the rehearsalTo RSVP for TSO Friends Open Rehearsals, email rsvp@tso.com.au or contact the TSO Box Office on 1800 001 190

We hope that you enjoy the rehearsal.


RACT Symphony under the Stars
24 February, City Park, Launceston

The committee were busy with the two Symphony under the Stars concerts this February, running the raffles in aid of the orchestra. Both concerts were great successes, artistically and financially. Thank you to the members who volunteered as ticket sellers and to all the other attendees who supported the raffle by buying tickets and glowstix.

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