Kettering Concerts

Kettering Concerts

Kettering Concert 2024-08-18

Clarinet and Piano Duo
Andrew Seymour (Clarinet), Karen Smithies (piano)

Ice and Fire

Clarinet and Piano Duo


  • Antarctic Tryptich – Jabra Latham (1978 -)
  • Romantarctica – Henning Kraggerud (1973 -)
  • Fire Music – Jabra Latham (1978 -)
Sunday 18 August 2024, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall
Tickets available on-line or at the door (if not sold out , cash only)
$15 (trybooking) or $20 cash at the door
Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.

Andrew Seymour

Andrew Seymour Principal Clarinet with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) since 2012, Andrew Seymour studied with Robert Schubert at the Victorian College of the Arts. Between 2009 and 2011 he toured nationally as a member of the orchestra for OzOpera. Andrew was singled out by The West Australian review of OzOpera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata, saying “his every note was meaningful.” In 2014 Andrew was featured in recital on ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live program, his performance praised by Limelight Magazine as being “soaring and colourful” and by the Hobart Mercury as “an astonishing display of instrumental virtuosity.” Andrew has performed as guest principal Clarinet with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, West Australian, Melbourne, and Canberra Symphony Orchestras. In 2016 Andrew made his solo debut with the TSO performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto under the baton of Chief Conductor Marko Letonja. His performance was described by The Hobart Mercury as “sensitive and beautifully shaded” and “gloriously vibrant.” As well as performing the concertos of Mozart and Weber with the TSO, Andrew has featured regularly as soloist in the TSO ‘Live Sessions’ series where he has performed a diverse range of pieces from Klezmer and Jazz inspired works alongside new pieces by Tasmanian composers Jabra Latham and Stephen Cronin. As a chamber musician, Andrew has been featured in the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival, performed with the Southern Cross Soloists and regularly performs with Virtuosi Tasmania. Since 2017 Andrew has been a staff member at the University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music, where he is Lecturer in Clarinet and Coordinator of Woodwind. Andrew is a Backun artist and performs on Backun Clarinets crafted in Cocobolo wood.

Karen Smithies

Karen Smithies

Karen Smithies moved to Tasmania from the Central Coast of NSW in 1998. She completed her Masters in Music Performance at the University of Tasmania in 2003, studying with Beryl Sedivka and David Bollard. Upon graduating from Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of music in piano performance and accompaniment, Karen was awarded the “Mollie Neal” scholarship for excellence in Accompaniment. She has appeared as soloist and accompanist with regional orchestras and major vocal ensembles across the Central Coast and in Sydney.

Karen has made several national ABC and 3MBS FM broadcasts with artists such as cellist Christian Woijtowicz, violinists Marina Phillips and Romana Zieglerova, baritones Christopher Richardson and Michael Lampard and the TSO Brass and Friends.

Karen is currently lecturer in Accompaniment at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and has lectured in piano studies at the University of Tasmania since 2000. In that time she has been busy as a repetiteur, and accompanist of undergraduates, postgraduates and visiting artists at the Conservatorium and throughout Tasmania. Karen regularly plays as orchestral and rehearsal pianist for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and repetiteurs for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Karen lives in on Hobart’s Eastern shore with her husband Matthew and four children.

Doug Wakefield – Artist

Wakefield Doug My House Motto is: "Sic Itur Ad Astra" (thus one goes to the stars). I work with all manner of materials, and when asked what media I use, I find it easiest to say: 'I don't knit.'I am of a very holistic outlook on art, and know, when I visit a decent art house, there should be things I like/dislike/yawn/etc.... THAT is what our senses were made for, after all. Be it GREAT... Be it small... Be it ZZZZzzzzz... as Australian artist, Stephen Buttrock, told me years ago: "Art should start a dialogue." Whether the 'dialogue' is in my own head, someone else's, or shared aloud with one another.

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