2015 Symphony Workshop

Tchaikovsky's 6th - Pathétique

Chilton Saint James School. Lower Hutt
Friday to Sunday, 31st July - 2nd August

Orchestral director: Brent Stewart


Intro Orchestral players from the Hutt and afar enjoyed another stimulating weekend of music making under the inspiring baton of Brent Stewart and the encouraging tutoring of NZSO players. Players met on Friday evening for a combined (tutti) play through. HVO members had been practising as usual on Monday evenings, but this was a much enlarged group. Friendships with out-of-towners were made or renewed, and so began the weekend. Saturday was essentially sectional play with NZSO tutors, and they also contributed to the final tutti rehearsal late in the afternoon.

Sunday had more work leading up to the 2 pm concert, which was open to the public. It was an opportunity for players, friends and family to enjoy Tchaikovsky's very moving symphony, the last he ever created. The photo at right is of Brent welcoming our supporters. As it is a workshop, casual dress was fine. But at least one member of the audience was dressed for an occasion.

Photos from the weekend.



Ready for action.


The strings.  

Horns   ... and more brass.



Woodwinds, with a forest of bassoons in the distance.

Off to the right is an indicator of the future - the music on a tablet.

The final concert

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