Coming together for the first time in 2020 for what they thought was an ad hoc video clip, the musicians of the Tasmanian String Quartet realised that they had stumbled upon that rare thing: the chemistry that springs from four perfectly matched musicians and personalities. Seizing the moment, Emma McGrath (violin), Jennifer Owen (violin), Doug Coghill (viola) and Jonathan Békés (cello) decided to perform on an on-going basis taking the name Tasmanian String Quartet. In a short period of time the TSQ has established itself on the local music scene performing as part of the TSO season and for Musica Viva Tasmania and Virtuosi Tasmania.

HAYDN & BEETHOVEN - 6 November 2021, 11am & 2:30pm Woolmers Estate, Longford

Tasmanian String Quartet musicians, L to R: Doug Coghill (viola); Jennifer Owen (violin); Jonathan Békés (cello) and Emma McGrath (violin).

Tasmanian String Quartet musicians, L to R: Doug Coghill (viola); Jennifer Owen (violin); Jonathan Békés (cello) and Emma McGrath (violin).


The Overland Ensemble was formed in 2021. Comprising the ‘low brass’ of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the musicians are David Robins (trombone), Iain Faragher (trombone), Mitchell Nissen (bass trombone) and Tim Jones (tuba). As the name suggests, the Overland Ensemble is committed to heading out to the Tasmanian regions and connecting with audiences of all stripes – brass lovers, brass players and anyone keen to experience live music performed with passion, panache and wit.

OVERLAND ENSEMBLE ON TOUR - 7 August 2021, 7:30pm
Palais Theatre, Franklin

OVERLAND ENSEMBLE ON TOUR - 21 August 2021, 6pm
Cooee Memorial Hall, Burnie


Overland Ensemble musicians, L to R: Mitchell Nissen (bass trombone); Tim Jones (tuba); Iain Faragher (trombone) and David Robins (trombone).


Although formed in 2016, the TSO Double Bass Quartet redoubled efforts to rehearse and perform during the Covid crisis of 2020. The group gained wide exposure (world-wide, in fact) through its popular video performances on TSO Daily Dose, starting with Basses of the Caribbean. Three further clips on TSO Daily Dose followed. The musicians of the TSO Double Bass Quartet are Stuart Thomson, Aurora Henrich, Matt McGrath and James Menzies.

More info coming soon!


TSO Double Bass quartet musicians, L to R: Aurora Henrich; James Menzies; Stuart Thomson and Matt McGrath