The concert this Saturday at the Perth Concert Hall, Power and passion, long-time Western Australian Symphony Orchestra bassist Andrew Tait’s final performance with the orchestra, ending a 32-year term.
Tait got his permanent seat in the bass section of the orchestra in 1989 after graduating from the Sydney Conservatory of Music in 1985. He was a student of the former solo double bass of the London Symphony Orchestra, John Gray. For the past three decades, Tait has also performed with the Victoria State Orchestra (now Victoria Orchestra) and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway.
During his career, a passion for woodworking turned into a passion for violin making. In 2006, Tait was awarded the Churchill Fellowship and studied double bass making and restoration in London and Rome. Now an established instrument maker, his instruments are now played in several orchestras across Australia and New Zealand. Most notable are the six double basses, cello and violin handcrafted by Tait especially for WASO.
Tait’s WASO tenure also marks an impressive milestone for the orchestra, which features the longest tutti bass section in Australia, playing together in the band for 30 years starting in 2021. The anniversary will be commemorated with a performance on invitation only in October featuring a commission from Australian composer Rebecca Erin Smith.
Tait’s final performance with the full orchestra on Saturday includes music by Wagner, Shostakovich and Chausson, with solo violinist Grace Clifford and principal conductor and artistic advisor Asher Fisch on the podium.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew for his contribution to WASO and congratulate him on an outstanding career,” WASO said in a statement on Tait’s retirement.
Here you can find information and tickets for WASO’s Power and Passion concert on September 11th.