Virtuosi Tasmania: The Convict Monologues - 3 August 2019

Published on 19 July 2019

Virtuosi Tasmania

Virtuosi Tasmania tours the state each year, presenting over twenty fine chamber concerts in wonderful venues ranging from vineyards and galleries to heritage buildings and grand private houses.

The players are musicians from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and occasional guest artists. They revel in performing gems of the repertoire for smaller and mixed ensembles in more intimate surroundings than the concert hall.

In past years Virtuosi Tasmania have enjoyed bringing to the Gallery delights such as Stravinsky’s The Soldiers Tale and other gems from the chamber music repertoire.

This year’s concert will be held on Saturday, 3 August 2019 and will feature a sextet of TSO musicians: Dinah Woods cor anglais, Jennifer Owen violin, William Newbery viola, Frances Davies violin, Martin Penicka cello and David Harvey cor anglais; performing The Convict Monologues.

Convict Monologues is the result of a ten month collaborative project in 2017 between Risdon Prison Creative Learning Program and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Outreach program. Led by volunteer creative writing tutor, the Tasmanian author and playwright Paul McIntyre, inmates researched, wrote and performed a series of monologues based on the life and times of convicts who overcame the odds and forged a successful life in Tasmanian post transportation.

TSO Australian Composers’ School alumnus Chris Williams was invited to write incidental music for the production and in July 2017, Chris travelled to Tasmania to join inmates for a detailed briefing and production planning meeting at Risdon Prison. The result was a hauntingly beautiful score that offered the audience moments of reflection between monologues and as well as acting as a vehicle to transition listeners into a different scene.

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