Classical music for all

Accessible and fun . . . Dunedin Symphony Orchestra players rehearse ahead of Sunday's player-led concert at Hanover Hall. PHOTO: DSO/PIETER DU PLESSIS

The players of Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will showcase their chamber music skills during their second player-led concert for the year.

The players will perform in small groups and will be joined by guest artists, including two sons of DSO players, during the concert, which will be held this Sunday, December 15, from 3pm at Hanover Hall.

The first DSO Player’s concert was held in February this year, and was the brainchild of DSO viola player and DSO board player representative Alison Bowcott.

The aim of the concert, which attracted a capacity audience, was to help keep the players busy during the long break between concert seasons.

It was also a chance for the DSO players to share the orchestra’s comfortable rehearsal and performance space with the public.

During Sunday’s concert, the DSO players will be joined by Nicholas Cranefield and Callum Fotheringham, who will play duets with their parents.

The concert will also feature two winning trio groups from the 2019 Schools Chamber Music Contest.

Among the DSO players who will perform on Sunday will be principal viola Ben Pinkney, violinist Nathaniel Otley, clarinet duo Stephen Cranefield and Emily Sterk, and a brass quartet of Ralph Miller, Patrick Lepine, Jerome Rouse and Peter Claman.

As well as being a chance for the DSO players to have a little extra fun, the concert will be an ideal way for people who may not be regular concert-goers to get a taste of classical music.

With this in mind, the entry fee is not set and the audience, including older children, will be invited to “pay what you can”. Entry is by cash at the door.

“We want it to be informal, non-threatening, and accessible to everyone financially,” Bowcott said.

“And the pieces are nice and short – so there will be plenty of variety in the music.”