On Saturday 16th May 2015 in St Andrew’s Church, Curry Rivel, the Stetson University Chamber Orchestra will be performing, as part of their UK tour under their conductor, Anthony Hose. The concert starts at 7.00pm and there will be an interval for coffee, tea or wine.
Entry to the concert will be free, but there will be a retiring collection for Curry Rivel Music.
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.
Typical repertoire for the chamber orchestra will be baroque pieces by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Geminiani, Corelli, along with works by Mozart, Elgar, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Holst, and contemporary music including first performances of new works from time to time.
The programme for this concert will include Handel, Morfydd Owen, Boccherini, Antonin Reicha, Vivaldi and Asger Hamerik.
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 works with many orchestras throughout Europe including the Berlin Symphony, Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Icelandic Symphony, the Rhine Philharmonic, the Munich Bach Collegium and the Orchestre de L’Opera de Lyon and in Britain with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, and the English Chamber and the Welsh Chamber Orchestra of which he is Principal Conductor.
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.