UTAS Lunchtime Concerts

Sarah Scheermeijer (violin) & Karen Smithies (Associate Artist)

PhD Recital
Fri 22 Mar 2024 1:00 pm
Ian Potter Recital Hall at The Hedberg

Fritz Bennicke Hart, a prolific composer, educator, and conductor, was born in London in 1874. Hart wrote over 500 songs and 23 operas as well as orchestral and chamber works, eighteen of which were for violin—fourteen works for violin and piano and two for violin and orchestra. Before relocating to Australia to live and work, he attended the Royal College of Music (1893-6), where he associated with fellow students Gustav Holst, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Hurlstone and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Hart’s arrangement of Elgar’s Allegretto (1934) and Parry’s air (1907) which were both written in in 1941, combine elements of the English countryside with lyrical freedom, reminiscent of the composers they denote. Hart’s Idyll is a peaceful musical representation of a picturesque idea of place and lyricism. This sense of being in a perfect landscape is strikingly reminiscent of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, both of which make use of the violin’s lyrical qualities.  An experience of place is embodied in The Lark Ascending, where we can experience a reverie initiated by bird song as one follows the bird on its journey through the violin’s mix of aeolian/dorian and pentatonic melodies. Both Idyll and The Lark Ascending begin with modal chords that set the mood before the violin enters. Gustav Holst’s A Song of the Night (op. 19) was composed in 1905 but remained unperformed for almost eighty years. Together, Holst, Hart and Vaughan Williams created modern art music infused with the elements of the idioms of English folk song and dance. This, along with their unique style of writing for strings and the violin, gives their music its English quality. These three composers share a common writing style and lyrical use of the violin in these works represented today, despite their stylistic and idiomatic differences.



Tickets are free but registration is essential as seating is limited.


60 mins (no interval)

Patrons' Advice

Arriving at the Hedberg Please arrive between 12:30pm - 12:45pm via the University of Tasmania entrance to the building on 19 Collins Street Hobart. Please note there is a strict lockout for the concert and no latecomers will be admitted at the request of the musicians.

Accessible Facilities The Ian Potter Recital Hall is located on the ground floor with level access from the street. Should you require mobility assistance of any kind, please advise us via email or phone 03 6226 7314. One of our staff will be organised to assist you.

Mask requirements Mask wearing is an individual choice, however UTAS strongly recommends that masks be worn in indoor settings, particularly where physical distancing cannot be maintained.