Friday, March 11, 2011

Fisheries Broadcast Theme

In March 2011, the Fisheries Broadcast had been on air on the CBC for 60 years. In celebration, the hosts solicited listeners' interpretations of the theme music - an arrangement of "Feller From Fortune". A draw would be held among contributors for a prize of a real wooden Grand Banks dory! The TSO didn't have much use for a dory, but decided to enter for the fun of it. Erika Merschrod transcribed the melody by ear and printed it out in all clefs for us to peruse, a few hours before rehearsal. With about twenty minutes of practice and some improvisation from the lower strings, we played it into Kathy McKay's recorder, Erika submitted it, and the Broadcast aired it a few days later! Here's the recording:

More Dory Music

(In case of link rot, try that day's podcast: we're at about 18:45.)

An, er, boatload of fun - thanks to Erika, Kathy and Alison for helping to pull it off!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

MUN Communicator Article

Article on us in the MUN Communicator (internal faculty/staff newsletter), Winter 2010:

The other TSO

THE TENACIOUS STRING ORCHESTRA, or TSO as they are known by local music lovers, is a group of individuals with diverse daytime occupations who come together one evening a week to practise and perfect their classical craft. The amateur group of violin, viola, cello and bassists – several of which are Memorial employees in units ranging from the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre to the Faculty of Medicine to Facilities Management, as well as some Memorial students and graduates – gather on Monday nights to breathe life into musical scores by Mozart, Bach, Warlock and Elgar.

Play a stringed instrument and looking for a musical outlet as well as a fun way to spend an evening? The TSO welcomes new members – no audition required! Contact

PDF of original newsletter (we're on page 2)