Concert 1


Saturday 27 February 5pm   Costa Hall

Richard Davis Conductor
Derek Jones Flute

Overture to The Marriage of Figaro K.492
Flute Concerto in D major K.314
Symphony No.41 in C major K.551 Jupiter

In our first concert for the 2021 season Richard Davis will conduct the sublime music of Mozart featuring his longest and last symphony, the magnificent “Jupiter” Symphony.

The program will also feature the Flute concerto K.314 and the overture from the opera The Marriage of Figaro. In his too short life, Mozart penned an amazing amount of music – over 600 catalogued works including 23 operas!

Any musician will tell you that Mozart is perfection on every page and the skills of any orchestra are showcased by performing his music. He died at 35 – daunting to think what we may have been able to hear had he lived into old age. Please join the GSO for an afternoon of Mozart magic.

Richard Davis regularly conducts orchestras, such as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, in concerts, recordings, radio broadcasts and on television. He has also directed operas and requiem masses with the BBC Singers and has just returned from the UK after making his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Recent conducting collaborations have also included working with Oscar-winning and ‘Gravity’ composer Steve Price, on a WW1 tribute for BBC television shown every year, across the BBC network, on Remembrance Day.  In 2010, Richard stepped into an indisposed conductor’s shoes and conducted the BBC Philharmonic with only a few hours’ notice. The concert resulted in praise from the press – being described as  ‘an exemplary conductor’ in Ariel magazine – letters of admiration from listeners along with much  additional conducting work.

Derek Jones has enjoyed an extensive performing career throughout Australia, Europe USA, and Asia. His performing career includes solo performances with the Melbourne Symphony, The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the latter involving solo appearances in Carnegie Hall, New York.

Derek has released his CD “Sun Down Moon Up” in 2008, a collection of his own compositions and improvisations. He has also released CDs with the Australian recording label Move, including the 2015 release of “Flute Perspectives”, a collection of solo Australian contemporary works. Derek is currently the Head of Woodwind at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Australia.