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Lunchtimes in Wellington churches

By , 16/09/2009
Lunchtime concerts at Old St Paul’s and St Andrew’s on The Terrace have taken on certain characteristics. While St Andrew’s has tended towards the more serious repertoire, catering for those whose interest in classical music is reasonably wide, Old St Paul’s seems to aim, at least some of the time, at the popular end of he spectrum. David Trott’s organ recital was a good example of the latter. There was... read more

What’s happening with the Wellington Orchestra?

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By , 15/09/2009

Jenny Wollerman at Wanganui Spring Festival

By , 14/09/2009

Young Musicians Twelfth Annual Concert with NZSO players

By , 13/09/2009
It had been announced some time before the concert that this one was the last under the current arrangements; arrangements that began in 1996, with the formation of a trust to remember an NZSO violinist, Michael Monaghan, inspired by violist Peter van Drimmelen, with the first of the annual concerts in 1998. They have consisted of performances by eight secondary-school, and... read more

Chorus And Keys – Festival Singers with Organists

By , 12/09/2009

Wellington Orchestra and Houstoun in Beethoven 4

By , 12/09/2009
The fourth in the Wellington Orchestra’s subscription series continued the orchestra’s theme of combining the symphony with dance and movement. An imaginative enterprise but it presents quite surprising aesthetic problems. The concert opened with an interesting dance piece by Astor Piazzolla, perhaps the only Argentine composer many classical music followers have heard of. His fame rests on taking tango music into... read more

The Tudor Consort – an afternoon of choral filigree

By , 12/09/2009
Review by Anna McGregor Seats were scarce at St Andrews on the Terrace on Saturday afternoon as the Tudor Consort presented their programme of six motets attributed to J.S. Bach. Admired by generations of musicians, these works have been described as ‘a pinnacle of absolute vocal music’, and greatly influenced the choral music of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms. This was a rare opportunity to experience all six works in succession... read more

Guitars at Old St Paul’s Lunchtime concert

By , 08/09/2009
The guitar is not, perhaps, an instrument that you think of as devotional, adapted to what you do in a church. In fact, however, the delicacy and subtlety of this string instrument sits very comfortably in a fairly small church, especially one with such architectural and historic beauty as Old St Paul's. The guitar, after all is a close relative of the lute and its keyed descendants such as... read more

Keeping the piano recital alive – Stephen De Pledge

By , 08/09/2009

It had to happen, sooner or later – a piano recital at a major Wellington venue, the Town Hall, no less (the event graduating from the Ilott Theatre presumably by dint of weight of public interest, even though the Town Hall galleries were closed to the public). The artist was Stephen De Pledge, one of New Zealand’s finest pianists, presently on a nation-wide Chamber Music New Zealand tour. There’s... read more

The Aroha Quartet at an evening at St Andrew’s

By , 05/09/2009
The Aroha Quartet, comprising four Chinese players, three of them in the NZSO, has been around since 2004. I heard what I think was their first public performance, at Old St Paul’s in Wellington, and was very impressed; I have heard them since then and have enjoyed their programmes and their performances. But the group has not really achieved what it might have if the... read more

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