Churchill's Choice

Saturday 6 April, 2019
Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS, Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay
Tasmanian Youth Orchestra
Gwyn Roberts, Guest Conductor
Adults $27 / Concession $17 / Family $70
Tickets available online. Door sales available. General admission.

Our flagship ensemble, TYO, will perform a concert of Churchill's choice, chosen by Guest Conductor and TYO alumnus, Gwyn Roberts. Gwyn was a music director for TYO when he received his Churchill Fellowship in 1974 and has curated this program to feature TYO and Churchill Fellows alike. This concert will feature a diverse program of music including our own "Symphony of Three Centuries" as well as a piece selected to showcase our guest speaker for the event. Read on to find out about our guest superstars.


HAYDN Symphony No.104, D major (London): mvt1
DVORAK Symphony No.9: mvt2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.8: mvt2 
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.5, Op.47 in D minor: mvt4

Seating is general admission.
Online sales close at 11:00am on concert day. Door sales available.

Churchill Fellows and guest performers include:

Gwyn Roberts - Guest Conductor

Gwyn was for a number of years the Principal Cellist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this appointment, he studied with cellist Sela Trau and pedagogue Jan Sedivka at the Tasmanian Conservatorium. Awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1974,Gwyn studied conducting and researched youth orchestra administration in the USA and the UK. He has performed as Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Adelaide and Auckland Symphony Orchestras, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and also as guest Associate Principal of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. 

Gwyn has been a member of a number of respected chamber music groups including the Mayne String Trio, the Queensland Piano Trio, and the contemporary ensemble Perihelion, and continues to perform with the chamber group Ensemble I. He is regularly invited, both as a cellist and conductor, to perform in and direct concerts, vacation workshops and seminars with youth orchestra and professional organisations throughout Australia, and his past cello and conducting students hold teaching and performing positions in Australia and internationally. 

Gwyn was the Musical Director of the Queensland University Symphony Orchestra for a period of 25 years as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Music at UQ. Recently the principal cellist of the Canberra Symphony, he also performs in a variety of solo and chamber music concerts in Australia, and is active as a teacher, examiner and adjudicator. Gwyn teaches lower strings at Kenmore High School, and directs two string ensembles there. He also directs the Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. His current projects include researching early cello history in Australia, developing his keen interest in photography, and recording an educational CD of cello repertoire together with pianist Jenni Flemming.

Peter Cundall - Guest Speaker

Peter Cundall, a 1974 Tasmanian Churchill Fellow, is a well known horticulturalist, conservationist, author, broadcaster and television personality. Until the age of 81 he continued to present the ABC TV program Gardening Australia. Each Saturday morning on ABC Tasmania until December 2018, Peter had his own Talk Back radio show assisting callers with many and varied gardening issues.  You might say that he did 'the blooming lot’!

Ryk Goddard - MC

Ryk Goodard, a 2005 Tasmanian Churchill Fellow, is an experienced artistic director and performer. Before coming to ABC Radio in 2011 as the Breakfast Presenter, Ryk worked in theatre, was director of a contemporary performance company and has been a writer and producer of several online and radio comedy series. Ryk continues to work in creating TV and Film projects both as a writer and actor. He loves to entertain and is a talented communicator.

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