Media Release: TYO Churchill's Choice



Churchill’s Choice is a concert event sure to enlighten and entertain anyone who loves classical music and a good chat. Spend the afternoon with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and Churchill Fellows on Saturday 6 April from 3:30pm, at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS Sandy Bay Campus.

Churchill’s Choice is the culmination of an idea put forward by Churchill Fellow Gwyn Roberts, to direct a concert with TYO as a testament to the act of ‘Bringing Knowledge Home’ – the theme for the 2019 National Convention of Churchill Fellows being held in Hobart the same week.

Gwyn Roberts was a Music Director for TYO when he received his Churchill Fellowship in 1974. He has curated the Churchill’s Choice program to highlight the talent of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and feature TYO and Churchill Fellows alike.

Churchill’s Choice offers a diverse selection of music for the audience to enjoy. Entitled “Symphony of Three Centuries” Gwyn has brought together movements by Haydn, Beethoven, and Shostakovich and includes Dvorak’s haunting melody from his New World Symphony which was subtitled “Going Home”. The concert will also include Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane to showcase guest soloist, Meriel Owen (2013 Fellow), on harp. Audience members are sure to be delighted with the musical accompaniment to the event’s guest speaker, Peter Cundall (1974 Fellow).

In addition to the quality music program, the afternoon will see MC Ryk Godard (2005 Fellow) engage in conversation with Guest Speaker Peter Cundall, harpist Meriel Owen and Guest Conductor Gwyn Roberts.

This is a fantastic opportunity to not only pleasure your ears with music, but also hear stories from the Churchill Fellows as they share insights into their experiences and learnings.

Ticket prices start at $17 for concession, $27 for adults and $70 for a family. Tickets available from or at the door on the day.

The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra is an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose state-wide program offers young Tasmanian musicians both instrumental and vocal ensemble experience, and the opportunity learn from some of Australia’s best musicians.

Churchill Fellowships provide a pathway for Australians to travel overseas to access expertise to expand their knowledge and experience in their chose field. Churchill Fellows in turn share their findings and learnings with the Australian community, benefiting all.

Media release distributed by TYO. Tuesday 26 March, 2019.


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