An attractive programme brought a good-sized audience to the first St. Andrew’s lunchtime concert for 2015. Many people are grateful to the church and to Marjan van Waardenberg, for providing so many
Unfortunately, another engagement meant that I was able to hear only the Schubert in its entirety. The opening allegro moderato of the sonata featured very lively, bright playing, as did the scherzo: presto that followed. The andantino...
, Lewis impressed with... read more
Keith Lewis presented the audience with an evening of great artistry, ably accompanied by Susan Melville, a Hawke’s Bay musician. Current doyen of New Zealand tenors, he is little heard, or even known, in his own country. He gave lovers of the singing voice much to enjoy. The word ‘mellifluous’ was invented for voices like Keith Lewis’s.
Right from the outset, in Scarlatti’s appealing song
A concert of two halves, the result of trumpeter Nicolas Planchon being held up, courtesy of airlines, in Dubai. The outcome for the sizeable audience on Sunday afternoon was a recital that included the organist’s cellist son playing a borrowed cello and downloaded music. A free concert was announced for the following lunchtime, by which hour the absent trumpeter would have arrived. Inevitably, not so many people could avail...
Thursday 5 February
For the first time, at this festival, two trips out of Nelson were organised, primarily as part of the full festival pass package; on Tuesday it was St Arnaud on Lake Rotoiti; today, to Upper Moutere to visit Höglund’s glass studio, the Neudorf Winery and a concert by The Song Company in a beautiful country church.
I decided to remain in Nelson in spite of that meaning foregoing... read more
Monday 2 February
PianoFest I: Dance
Sunday’s rain which had been threatened to continue today, disappeared and there was sun first thing, but clouds soon returned and umbrellas reappeared as we set off for the 10.30 PianoFest I: Dance.
It featured four prominent New Zealand pianists: David Guerin, Jian Liu, Stephen de Pledge and Sarah Watkins. ‘Dance’ was a rather approximate term as the first piece, Ravel’s Mother Goose
, in the... read more