Tasmanian Bass Quartet
Stuart Thomson (double bass), James Menzies (Double Bass), Matt McGrath (Double Bass), Aurora Henrich (Double Bass)
From Pirates to Nannies
Sunday 20 November 2016, 3pm
Basses of the Caribbean – Pirates of the Caribbean – Klaus Badelt (Arranged Ashley Frampton)
Quartet for double basses – Lauber Quartet – Joseph Lauber (1864 - 1952)
Mary Poppins Basses – Mary Poppins – Robert and Richard Sherman (1925 - 2012; 1928 -) (Arranged Ashley Frampton)
Georgia on my Mind – Georgia – Hoagy Carmichael (1889 - 1981) (Arranged Ashley Frampton)
Dorothys Basses – The Wizard of Oz – Harold Arlen (1905 - 1986) (Arranged Ashley Frampton)
Jungle Bits for Double Basses – Jungle Book – Robert and Richard Sherman (1925 - 2012; 1928 -) (Arranged Ashley Frampton)
Kettering Community Hall
Tickets available at door $15.00
Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.
Tasmanian Bass Quartet
The members of the Double Bass section of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra formed the Tasmanian Bass Quartet in September 2016 with a premier concert to the TSO friends on Sunday 25 September. Having accumulated a lot of music for bass groups, the quartet were keen to try it out and have fun at the same time. The quartet includes Stuart Thomson, Principal Bass (TSO), James Menzies, Aurora Henrich, and Matt McGrath. The bass is severely under-represented in chamber music, and bass players need to be proactive if they want to be involved. Bass quartets provide the players with a unique
situation whereby everyone has a turn at the bass line, the inner harmony parts
and the melodic line. It takes them out of their comfort zone, giving each member a chance
to shine (!). They take turns at playing the different parts so not one person is
always on the top or the bottom. It is a lot of fun and they have grand plans to
get involved in education concerts of some description and engineer some concert appearances.
Born in Edinburgh, Stuart Thomson began playing the double bass at age
nine and later joined the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, which inspired him
to become a professional musician. He studied with Duncan McTier and Corin
Long at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester and was
awarded the Eugene Cruft Prize for Double Bass. While at the RNCM he began
working professionally with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool
Subsequent freelance work included engagements with the Scottish Chamber
Orchestra, London Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Philharmonische
Werkstatt in Switzerland. In 1999 he joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic
Orchestra and in 2001 moved to Australia to play with the Sydney Symphony.
The following year he was appointed Associate Principal of The Queensland
Orchestra and in late 2003 took up the post of Principal Double Bass with the
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO). He has also received invitations to guest as
principal with the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony orchestras. In 2005 he
made his solo debut with the TSO playing alongside Alex Henery in Bottesini\'s
Passione Amorosa for two double basses. Then again in 2011 with Tubin\'s
concerto for double bass and in 2015, he performed the Australian premiere of
Tan Dun\'s Double bass concerto The Wolf. In December this year he will appear
again as soloist with The Wolf and the TSO in Hobart and on the TSO\'s tour
of China. An active chamber musician, he is a founding member and co-artistic
director of the Elanée Ensemble focusing on music for viola and double
bass. He also teaches at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.
James started learning the bass at the age of 10 and went on to further his
studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alex Henery and Maxime
Bibeau. Whilst studying, James gained extensive tutoring experience, including
private teaching as well as holding regular tutorials for The Arts Unit and The
Sydney Youth Orchestra ensembles. Since graduating, James has regularly
performed with ensembles such as the Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and
Ballet, Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony, West Australian Symphony
and Sydney Sinfonia Orchestras. He has also participated in masterclasses and
academies with some of the world\'s finest bass players including Matthew
Macdonald (principal Berlin Philharmonic) and Christoph Wimmer (Vienna
Philharmonic). James has been a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
American born double bassist, Matthew McGrath, is an active chamber and
orchestral musician. A native of Colorado, he received his Bachelor of
Music from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Master of Music from
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Matthew has performed with numerous
orchestras around the world including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, New
Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Seattle Symphony, Seattle
Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony, and many
others. As a student Matthew performed for three years with the prestigious
Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Matthew currently lives in
Hobart with his wife Emma and their two sons, Moses and Noah.
Aurora began her music studies on the piano at age five. Flute lessons followed, but it was the double bass lessons (age eight) that Aurora enjoyed the most. In 2003, at the age of ten, she began studying with Alex Henery (SSO Principal Double Bass), and she received her Associate Diploma in Music in 2009. In 2012 Aurora began her tertiary studies at the Sydney Conservatorium, where she was awarded a Sydney University Entry Scholarship and the Kathleen E Armstrong Scholarship.
Aurora is currently a member of the double bass section of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs as a casual musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as Guest Associate Principal Double Bass with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 she was awarded a fellowship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and toured to China with the orchestra under David Robertson. The following year she toured with the orchestra again to China and Korea and was awarded a fellowship with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, which saw her tour throughout the country performing in the ACO2 chamber ensemble.
Aurora enjoys working and performing in a number of genres. She has toured internationally, performing as the soloist in the world premiere of James Humberstone\'s ‘Miniature Concerto for Double Bass’. Aurora has also performed on gut string bass with Sydney-based chamber group ‘Salut baroque!’ and worked on movie soundtracks for films such as The Lego Movie and Mad Max: Fury Road.
Elaine Lincolne – Artist
Elaine paints in oils and pastels, predominately landscapes but also some still lifes and portraits. She also likes to play with ceramics when she gets a chance.
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