Curry Rivel Music will be hosting the Stetson University Chamber Orchestra from Florida, under their conductor Anthony Hose and the Stetson University Chamber Choir, under their conductor Timothy Peter. This will be the third visit by the University, based in Florida, who came in 2015 and 2019. They are coming to Curry Rivel from performing in Berlin and are on their way to take part in the Beaumaris Festival whose Artistic Director is Anthony Hose. He is also Principal Director of the Welsh Chamber Orchestra.
The orchestra is primarily a string orchestra, and the university is an undergraduate university, so the students spend four years as undergraduates, during which time they will have covered a broad spectrum of the string orchestra repertoire. With a few exceptions, the players are majoring in music but there are also others who are doing a digital arts degree or double majoring with subjects such as English, psychology or political science, and some stay a fifth year to do an MBA. In the USA the education system steers people towards graduate study after their undergraduate studies and typically students from Stetson will go to universities or conservatories such as New England, Boston, Yale, University of Michigan, Maryland, New York, Cincinnati, and Indiana among others.
The programme will include music by Bach, Mozart, Thomas Tallis, Holst and an Organ Concerto by Handel.
Conductor Anthony Hose began playing the piano at the age of three and gave his first recital at the age of six. He studied the piano, harpsichord and conducting at the Royal College of Music, additionally studying clarinet and double bass. He continued his conducting studies first in Salzburg and then with Rafael Kubelik in Munich and Geneva.
Anthony Hose spends nine months of the year as Director of Orchestras at the University and he is also Artistic Director of the Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Beaumaris Festival in North Wales and is Head of Music Emeritus, Welsh National Opera.
In the opera house he has conducted many productions for the Welsh National Opera with repertoire ranging from Handel to Tippett and including most of the operatic repertoire of Mozart, Verdi, and Puccini.
Anthony Hose’s BBC radio broadcasts include Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Albert Herring and Hamlet (Thomas). For BBC television he has conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the world premiere of The Servants by William Mathias. At the Buxton International Festival he has conducted many operas including
the first complete performance in Britain of Kodaly’s Hary Janos and Cherubini’s Medee. He has broadcast many operas for BBC Radio 3 including Cavalli’s Jason, which he directed from the harpsichord in his realization of Kodaly’s folk opera, The Spinning Room. He has recently conducted new productions of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.
He has also been Artistic Director of the Mount Dora Spring Festival in Florida and of festivals in Wales at Beaumaris and Llandudno, and is currently Director of Orchestras at Stetson University, Florida.