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Rites of Exultation – The Bach Choir of Wellington

By , 13/12/2009
What a tonic after reading the Sunday newspapers to go to such a concert! Here we had music by two of the greatest of all composers bent on celebrating all that's gracious, noble and glorious about the idea of royal rule, transcending all the all-too-human preoccupation with aspects of human foible, such as scandal, gossip and intrigue, and setting the monarchy itself upon high with tones whose beauty, energy... read more

Wendy Dawn Thompson (mezzo-soprano) and friends at St Andrew’s

By , 12/12/2009

This was to have been a showcase for Wendy Dawn Thompson, with the support of two younger singers Amelia Berry and Matt Landreth. But because Wendy was ailing (she had to cancel a Messiah a few days before) it was decided to reduce her load by the inclusion of a couple of other singers. They were Bianca Andrew and Michael Gray... read more

Wellington Chamber Orchestra – family connections

By , 06/12/2009
Family ties involving both composers and performers were brought into play through this concert - firstly, on the strictly compositional front, works by both Antonin Dvorak and his son-in-law Joseph Suk featured on the programme; while Wellingtonian composer Tabea Squire's commissioned work "The Suneater - for Recorders and Strings" received skilled and committed advocacy from musicians whose ranks included both of her parents, conductor Gregory Squire and leader of... read more

Messiaen’s La nativité du Seigneur from organist Richard Apperley

By , 04/12/2009

This was the third year that Anglican Cathedral has presented Messiaen’s Christmas celebration on the big organ. Though it didn’t draw as big an audience as Messiah a week earlier at the other cathedral, the Happy Few enjoyed a commanding and brightly coloured account of Messiaen’s early masterpiece. It was written in the year of... read more

St Andrew’s: Valerie Rigg and Tessa Olivier in Vitali Chaconne and Prokofiev sonata

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By , 02/12/2009

This turned out to be a highly impressive and enjoyable recital of two famous works.

Valerie Rigg played with the NZSO  for 19 years, eventually as principal first violin, and she also had a professional career in England, Germany and Canada. She now lives again in Wellington... read more

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