A String Celebration – Australian Chamber Orchestra

Supported for more than 10 years by our partner Wesfarmers Arts, ACO Collective combines Australia’s most talented emerging string players with the professional musicians of the Australian Chamber Orchestra to create    a high-energy string orchestra.

Principal Violin Helena Rathbone leads this performance that sees vibrant works by beloved Australians Iain Grandage and Carl Vine, join British legends William Walton, Benjamin Brittten and George Frideric Handel (Handel can absolutely be called a British great.  After leaving Germany he lived in England for nearly 50 years!).

Festivities get underway with Handel’s irresistible Concerto Grosso in D major.  It is spring and vibrant, and paves the way for Vine’s Smith’s Alchemy and Benjamin Britten’s delightful Simple Symphony, written when the composer was just 20 and thus a perfect fit for this ensemble.

Walton’s moving Sonata for String Orchestra has an intriguing local link that adds to its savour. The work has premiered at the 1972 Perth Festival, an event now directed by Grandage.  It brings the program to a sublime and uplifting conclusion.

Program Overview

HANDEL Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6, No.5 (15′)

CARL VINE Smith’s Alchemy (15′)

BRITTEN Simple Symphony, Op.4 (17′)

– Interval –

IAIN GRANDAGE The Wild Geese (4′)

WALTON Sonata for String Orchestra (24′)

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra and the City of Karratha