Launceston’s St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra has a reputation as one of Tasmania’s finest orchestral groups.
Established in 1978 by its present conductor, Matthews Tyson, the orchestra has performed to many thousands of people throughout Tasmania. In recent times the orchestra has taken to the road and performed in Auckland, Darwin, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Perth. Further tours are currently being planned.
The standards set for entry to the orchestra are high. Each of the orchestra’s 40 string players has attained the high grade and diploma qualifications.
The orchestra’s repertoire is diverse and varies from classical to light classical music. It has performed all the major baroque and classical works and also has many contemporary works in its current repertoire.
The orchestra regularly features in concerts at the Princess Theatre and the Albert Hall in Launceston. It also undertakes community and commercial performances throughout the year.
The St. Cecilia School of Music also manages the Sonore String Orchestra, Da Capo String Orchestra, St. Cecilia Junior Strings and beginner and adult ensembles. St. Cecilia works in conjunction with various choral groups in Launceston including the international SingElon Choir and the Harmonic Minors Choral Groups.