Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Kringelborn and Segerstam with NZSO

By , 31/10/2009

It’s 20 years since I heard Leif Segerstam conducting the NZSO, and the memory is of a highly gifted musician blessed with an eccentric’s sense of humour, enlivened with an intelligence and vivacity that sets him apart in his profession. His notes to his 191st symphony also reveal a fascination with numerology which he... read more

Silent Love – chronicles of love and loss (Caprice Arts)

By , 30/10/2009
This splendid concert took its name from the title of a song by Robert Schumann, "Stille Liebe", one of the twelve "Kerner-Lieder" written during the composer's "year of song" (1839-40). Tonight's performance of the whole set of these songs by mezzo-soprano Annabel Cheetham and pianist Mary Barber was merely one of the pleasures to be had from a most enjoyable evening's music-making. More Schumann came from the brother-and-sister duo... read more

Honours woodwind students from NZSM at St Andrew’s

By , 21/10/2009

The series of recitals by senior students at the New Zealand School of Music continued at the lunchtime concerts at St Andrew’s with three musicians playing bassoon, clarinet and flute.

Young bassoon player Alex Chan won a scholarship to study as... read more

Two string quartets: St Lawrence and New Zealand

By , 16/10/2009

This final concert in the 2009 season of Chamber Music New Zealand, was a brilliant ending to the year; and General Manager Euan Murdoch announced the 2010 season, CMNZ’s 60th anniversary year which opens with a concert in the International Festival next March from the great Borodin String Quartet.

NZSM senior piano students at St Andrew’s

By , 14/10/2009

We have been hearing a series of lunchtime concerts at St Andrew’s by present and former students of the New Zealand School of Music in recent weeks. This one maintained the level of excellence both in the appearance of highly accomplished performers and in interesting music.

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‘Opera for organ’: Wade Kernot in benefit for St Peter’s, Willis Street

By , 12/10/2009

The connection between St Peter’s church in Wellington and bass Wade Kernot from Auckland who was runner-up in this year’s Lexus Song Quest was rather obscure. It transpired that the link was June Read, a member of St Peter’s congregation and Wade’s aunt, with whom Wade had stayed during his time in Wellington and who had provided... read more

Benefit concert for the Sarah Lilli Fund

By , 10/10/2009

Eugene Onegin straight from the heart…

By , 10/10/2009
One of the loveliest of all operas, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, a setting of Pushkin’s tale of innocent ill-fated love, received a strongly-conceived and finely-executed production from NBR New Zealand Opera on the opening night of its 2009 Wellington season at the St.James Theatre. Its pivotal stage-figure was soprano Anna Leese in the role of Tatyana, the girl who at the story’s outset declares her love for the opera’s eponymous... read more

New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir astonish

By , 09/10/2009

Some of the most brilliant music making comes from the young, not necessarily individually, though there are plenty of cases of remarkable prodigy, but from young choirs and orchestras. En masse, individual imperfections are inaudible while the energy and the delight of youthful music-making are what makes the impact.

Viola and piano recital by Duo Giocoso

By , 07/10/2009

This recital was by two graduates of the New Zealand School of Music: it was at least illuminating if not exactly revelatory, an opportunity to hear to greatly gifted musicians who have been acknowledged in other countries before they have been listened to and appreciated in their own country – a rather common experience.

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