He's got the need. The need for speed. Not of a drug kind, but tempo-wise, of COURSE. If there's one thing good about Mr Jacks, it's that when there are pieces which require serious tempo acceleration, he isn't afraid to push the orchestra to near-professional speed levels. And rightly so- to complete the ticks in the boxes, he just needs to convince Mr Coy and Miss Christmass that the immense quality and capabilities of the orchestra shouldn't be wasted on mind-numbingly insipid pieces like "Ave Verum."
Would've been a very professional and talented musician in his heyday, however that time has gone by. An advantage- in passages that are supposed to be played like the road-runner on steroids, he actually conducts it FAST.
Mr Jacks is awesome, memorising Holberg was brilliant!! I love his "Back when i was but a skinny lad.." stories
Dedicated and jovial. Has immense experience in both the Adelaide and Western Australian Symphony orchestras, and plays both the viola and violin (if he wears his glasses!). He is a great character
lovely man, great conductor. It was great to see his dedication in recently helping the senior orchestra in 'memory work'
A fantastic viola player and a reasonable violin player (when he has his glasses on & can actually read the music). A very experienced and knowledge musician who has a dedication to young musicians.