This Saturday’s concert at Perth Concert Hall, Power and Passion , will mark long-time West Australian Symphony Orchestra double bassist Andrew Tait’s final performance with the orchestra, bringing an end to a 32 year long tenure.

Andrew Tait

Tait attained his permanent seat in the orchestra’s bass section in 1989 after graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1985. He was a student of former London Symphony Orchestra Principal Bass John Gray. Over the last three decades, Tait has also played with State Orchestra of Victoria (now Orchestra Victoria), and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

Over his career, a passion for woodworking developed into a passion for luthiery. In 2006, Tait was awarded the Churchill Scholarship and studied double bass making and restoration in London and Rome. Now an established instrument maker, his instruments are now played in multiple orchestras across Australia and New Zealand. Most notable are the six double basses, cello and violin handcrafted by Tait...