Emma McGrath

Matthew Halls


With three soloists – violin, flute and harpsichord – Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 5 is a stunner, particularly when the harpsichord breaks away from the pack and delivers a cadenza of unprecedented length and complexity. Bach at his trailblazing best! Making his first appearance with the TSO is Baroque specialist, conductor and harpsichordist, Matthew Halls.

Equally wonderful is Bach’s Orchestral Suite No 4, where the ever versatile Johann Sebastian doffs his hat to French musical practises. Appropriately, Bach’s music sits alongside works by two eminent French contemporaries, Jean-Féry Rebel and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Bach is the object of admiration in a new work by Australian composer Richard Mills, here receiving its first performance.

MILLS Chorale Meditation on Heut’ triumphieret Gottes Sohn by JS Bach commissioned with the generous support of TSO Patron, Peter Stanton


• MILLS: Chorale Meditation on Heut’ triumphieret Gottes Sohn by JS Bach*
• REBEL: Les élémens – Suite
• BACH, J S: Brandenburg Concerto No 5
• RAMEAU: Pigmalion – Suite
• BACH, J S: Orchestral Suite No 4


Matthew Halls – Conductor

The word “versatile” is often applied to musicians; in the case of the British conductor Matthew Halls, it is particularly well deserved. With his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods, he is known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras, choirs and opera companies.
Halls is regularly welcomed to orchestras across Europe. This season sees him debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony and the NDR Radiophilharmonie, whilst he returns once again to the Iceland Symphony. Halls has led performances with orchestras such as the Concentus Musicus Wien, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Royal Scottish National, and the Tonkünstler Orchestra NÖ. He makes regular appearances in Austria and on tour with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, leading them on a tour of the United States in November 2016.
Increasingly in demand by North American orchestras, Halls has received invitations including the Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. This season sees his New York debut at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and first performances with the Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. Further afield, Halls has featured in Russia with Musica Viva Moscow. With a re-invitation from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra he also appears with the Auckland Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra this season.
In the opera house, Halls has worked with companies such as the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, Bayerische Staatsoper, Central City Opera Colorado, Handelfestspiele Halle and the Netherlands Opera.
Halls’ discography includes acclaimed CDs of Handel, Bach, and Purcell.

Emma McGrath – Violin

Heralded as a “First-magnitude star in the making” by the Seattle Times, British violinist Emma McGrath made her London debut aged 10 in the Purcell Room and at 14 she performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Howard Shelley, broadcast live on Classic FM. She has since performed with numerous professional ensembles and orchestras, and has played in France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Brunei, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Russia, Israel, the UK and the USA as a soloist.
Beginning in 2016, Emma will become the Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Australia, and will be a Guest Concertmaster with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Douglas Mackie – Flute

New Zealand-born Douglas Mackie has been Principal Flute with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 1981. Having completed a science degree at the University of Auckland, he was awarded a scholarship to undertake postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was based for four years. Returning to New Zealand, he took up the position of Principal Flute with the Auckland Philharmonia and later crossed the Tasman to join the TSO. He has appeared as a soloist with the TSO on numerous occasions including in the two flute concertos by Mozart, Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Khachaturian’s Flute Concerto (a transcription of the Violin Concerto), Ibert’s Flute Concerto and the B-minor Suite by J S Bach. He also recorded the Rodrigo Flute Concerto with the TSO for broadcast on ABC Classic FM. He has appeared with other Australian orchestras including Guest Principal of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He also toured extensively with the Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players under the auspices of Musica Viva. For many years he was lecturer in flute at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music where he also completed a Master of Music degree.

Bach + the Frenchmen

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Halls – Conductor and Harpsichord
Emma McGrath violin
Douglas Mackie flute

THURSDAY 17 August, 7.30pm
Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

Tickets from $32 at or 1800 001 190