The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has recently concluded their annual European tour of seven concerts in six cities.
Ruth and I, as avid supporters of the ACO, were fortunate enough to be able to join them and their supporters for several of their concerts in Finland and then attend their finale, which was a very special performance in London’s Buckingham Palace. At the personal invitation of Prince Charles, Richard Tognetti and the orchestra were honored by the Palace at an event titled A Concert and Dinner in Celebration of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
This event was attended by 200 of the ACO’s supporters from both Australia and the UK, with invitations issued by the Palace and orchestra. The Prince and the audience were treated to a programme of Bach, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams alongside Peter Sculthorpe’s Djilile.
It was great to see the ACO performing on this international stage, cementing their global reputation. It was also announced midway through the tour that the ACO will be taking on a prestigious three-year residency at London’s Barbican Centre, commencing in the 2018/19 season.