Tuesday 13 December 2011

The Australian Chamber Orchestra performed for Prince Charles

The Australian Chamber Orchestra ended its tour of Europe with a performance at St. James's Palace state apartments in London on Monday night, 12th December.

Prince Charles and the 150 invited guests were treated to performances of major works from artists including Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Sir Hubert Parry, the composer of Jerusalem.

Viola player Stephen King said it was his last performance with the orchestra. "I have been with the orchestra for eight and half years and it's special to end it with a performance for The Prince," Mr King said. "I can't think of a better way."

He said The Prince impressed the orchestra with his knowledge of surfing. "He talked about the music we played and about surfing," he said. "He is quite diverse. He seems to know a lot about everything."

The Prince told the audience that he had been curious to meet the orchestra. "When I read Kathy Lette's recent article I wasn't sure what to expect," he joked, referring to a piece about the orchestra by the Australian writer. But he said he was grateful to "enjoy such skill".