Tafelmusik arrives in Australia
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra arrives in Australia today, with their first concert on Thursday 1 March at Perth Concert Hall. While all our tours are years in the planning, this has been an especially lengthy and detailed process.
For The Galileo Project, Tafelmusik tours with its own technical crew. This crew has already spent months liaising with Musica Viva and individual venues about everything from stage size and lighting options, to the best position for the screen and projector. The Galileo Project was designed with touring in mind so the orchestra travels with its own screen and projector, which involves carefully checking airline regulations to ensure none of the gear exceeds size or weight limits.
Aside from the additional production elements the size of the orchestra is in itself a challenge for an organization such as Musica Viva, used to dealing with small ensembles. Coaches must be booked for airport transfers rather than simply hailing a taxi once off the plane. Hotel rooming lists, dietary requirements, and lists of booking confirmation numbers stretch for pages. While a string quartet is free to manage its own workload, orchestral musicians have contracts outlining how much they may work and when. All of this must be considered when scheduling a tour – in a country the size of Australia where distances are large and travel times long this can be difficult.
Despite the challenges we are particularly excited to welcome Tafelmusik to Australia. The Galileo Project promises to be something truly special – we hope you can join us at one of these concerts!