Orchestra tunes up for first concert | VIDEO

Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra concert master Michael Stocks at yesterday's concert rehearsal. Picture: Geoff Robson

Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra concert master Michael Stocks at yesterday's concert rehearsal. Picture: Geoff Robson

WHAT started as two colleagues having a casual discussion, has resulted in a new orchestra tuning up for its first full concert.

The City of Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra met at the University of Tasmania yesterday for its second full rehearsal, ahead of its premiere September 6 concert at the Princess Theatre.

Scotch Oakburn College teachers Stephen King and Michael Stocks developed the idea of creating the orchestra.

"[Michael] conducts the St Cecilia Chamber Orchestra and I take the University Woodwind Orchestra," Mr King said.

"Last year we put together some players and from there it developed into a 70-piece orchestra."

Mr Stocks said the ambition for the idea was that it would bring together experienced players that normally don't work together.

"It's an opportunity that Launceston hasn't really seen before on this scale," Mr Stocks said.

The orchestra plans to hold two concerts a year, with about four or five rehearsals in the lead up.

Orchestral manager Eamonn Seddan said the debut concert would offer a program that includes Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila Overture, Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé and Tchaikovsky's Symphony number 5.

THE FACTS

WHAT: The City of Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra presents its first full concert.

WHEN: September 6, at 7.30pm.

WHERE: Princess Theatre, Launceston.

TICKETS: Adults $20, children/concession $10, family $50.

BOOKINGS: Call 6323 3666, at the Princess Theatre box office or visit www.theatrenorth.com.au

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