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Andrew Robson: Touchstones Song Cycle


Andrew Robson: Touchstones Song Cycle

  • Date: Sunday, 19 October 2014, 3pm
  • Venue: Verbrugghen Hall — Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults $30, Concession & U3A $20, Family $80, School aged students FREE — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8256 2222

Event Details

Jazz meets classical when Andrew Robson, described by John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘one Australia’s most vital saxophonists’ and his quartet (Paul Cutlan on bass clarinet, James Greening on trombone and pocket trumpet as well as Brett Hirst on double bass) play alongside the Mitchell Chamber Orchestra for their upcoming central west tour to Bathurst and Orange.

These concerts will feature an original and especially commissioned work Touchstones Song Cycle - a new folk song suite for improvising soloists and string orchestra composed and arranged by Andrew Robson as a follow-up on his successful 2010 and 2012 Central West tours which included his original work for jazz soloists and chamber orchestra The Tallis Suite which received standing ovations and praise from local audiences.

“Classical musicians and musicians performing in the jazz tradition actually have a lot in common as well as vast differences and this song cycle brings these two seemingly disparate elements together” says Andrew. “The suite consists of four arrangements of traditional English and Scottish folk songs as well as four of my own pieces featuring soloists and chamber orchestra. These original compositions give the musicians room to move and improvise – and that includes the chamber orchestra!” he added.

In a coup for the musicians the song cycle will be conducted by Richard Gill OAM.

Andrew Robson and his quartet return the Central West on Saturday 11 October with a 7.30pm concert at the Orange Regional Conservatorium and a 7.30pm concert at All Saints Cathedral Bathurst the following day Sunday 12 October.

Graham Sattler Executive Director of the Mitchell Conservatorium says ”we are thrilled to be able to host Andrew Robson and his quartet again for this tour and the Mitchell Chamber Orchestra is looking forward to working with these jazz greats to create a performance that will live in the hearts and minds of both musicians and audiences alike”.

The Touchstones Song Cycle then tours to Sydney for a guest performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in celebration of the 35 years the Mitchell Conservatorium has been operating in the central west with forged from and with links to the Sydney Con.

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