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This event has been cancelled and will not proceed as scheduled. 

Haydn wrote his second-last symphony during his time in London where he had access to a much larger orchestra, inspiring him to create new textures and timbres which highlight the sounds of the winds, brass and, particularly in this work, the timpani. The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra examines these various sounds and styles with gut strings and Classical timpani in this work, praised as “fertile and enchanting” after its premiere in London in 1795.

Since the time of Haydn, composers have substantially increased the role and importance of percussion instruments. Taikoz – Australia’s award-winning taiko drum ensemble – showcases new Australian compositions that are entirely built around the dynamic range, explosive energy and huge expressive capabilities of percussion.

…[the concert] included clear and exciting direction of the assembled HIP performance experts … by Director Rachael Beesley. From the violin she harnesses an exciting interaction between period wind and strings and marries subtlety with strength in the communication.

Sydney Arts Guide

Other concerts in the Voyage of Musical Discovery series:

Voyage of Musical Discovery 1: Motivic Development, Wed 17 Feb 6.30pm
Voyage of Musical Discovery 2: Voices & Instruments, Tue 4 May 6.30pm

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Details correct at the time of publication.

  • Haydn
    Symphony No.103 in E-flat major 'Drumroll' 
    Kerryn Joyce and Ryuji Hamada    
    Flowing Water
    Ian Cleworth a ripple...
  • Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
    Rachael Beesley    Director