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.

RACT Symphony Under the Stars

Of course the splendid RACT Symphony Under the Stars concerts on Saturday 16 February in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Saturday 23 February in City Park, Launceston are a perfect start to the 2019 season.

Hobart Raffle Winners

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Open Rehearsal Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Master 2

Friday 8 March
Federation Concert Hall

Giordano Bellincampi conductor 
Benjamin Beilman violin

Annual General Meeting of TSO Friends

The Annual General Meeting of TSO Friends Inc will be held Sunday 17 March at 2.30pm in the TSO Green Room at the Federation Concert Hall, Hobart.

Please enter by the TSO entrance at the corner of Macquarie and Evans Streets.

The meeting will include the traditional musical treat by members of the TSO and will be followed by refreshments.

Click here to download more information and the nomination sheet.

RSVP by Friday 11 March.

TSO Friends Quiz Night

This popular evening, one of TSO Friends’ annual fundraising events for the TSO, will be held in the TSO Studio on Saturday 25 May, 6.30 for 7.00pm.

Entry is through the main foyer.

Cost is $20 per person, which includes supper. Pay on entry.

Invite your friends to make up a table of 8-10 people, or come and join a mixed table and make new friends. Spot prizes as well as generous prizes for the winning table.

Drinks are available for purchase throughout the evening.

Bookings are essential. Contact TSO Box Office by Monday 20 May.

Open Rehearsal Nordic Spirit

Open Rehearsal Master 8

Friday 9 August
Federation Concert Hall

Eivind Aadland conductor
Javier Perianes piano

Open Rehearsal Rach 2

Open Rehearsal Special 3

Friday 6 December
Federation Concert Hall

Johannes Fritzsch conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk piano


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.

2018 PAST EVENT Meet the Musician - Matthew Goddard

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.

2018 PAST EVENT Open Rehearsal: Hough plays Rachmaninov

Friday 29 June, 10AM
Federation Concert Hall 

A concerto in all but name, the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is one of Rachmaninov’s great achievements, rivalling in popularity his canonical piano concertos. Rachmaninov, the unsurpassed pianist-composer of the 20th century, performed the solo part when the work was premièred in 1934. Taking on that role in this concert is one of the pre-eminent pianists of our time, Stephen Hough.

Dvořák’s Symphony No 6 was a breakthrough work for the composer, bringing his music to the attention of audiences throughout Europe and beyond. Steeped in the Romantic symphonic tradition, Dvořák’s Sixth brims with tuneful melodies and lush orchestral colours, and offers a dash of the vibrant folk music of Dvořák’s native Bohemia.

To RSVP, email rsvp@tso.com.au or contact the TSO Box Office on 1800 001 190

2018 PAST EVENT: TSO Friends Quiz Night

TSO Friends Quiz Night
Saturday 5 May, TSO Studio

Almost $4000 was raised through ticket and bar sales.

2018 PAST EVENT: Open Rehearsal - Gillham plays Greig

Open Rehearsal
Thursday 12 April
Master 3, 
Gillham plays Greig

Since taking out first prize in the Montreal International Music Competition in 2014, Australian pianist Jayson Gillham has been thrilling audiences worldwide with his faultless technique and finely honed judgement. He made his keenly anticipated debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Grieg’s blistering Piano Concerto.

2018 PAST EVENT: 2018 RACT Symphony under the Stars

RACT Symphony under the Stars
17 February, Tolosa Park, Glenorchy

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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