I have been sorry to miss the first two concerts in this year’s Classical Expressions series at Upper Hutt’s so agreeable arts centre.
Unfortunately, neither of my colleagues had been able to get to them either.
For the record the earlier concerts were by the Amici Ensemble, which comprises leading players from the NZSO, who played, inter alia, clarinet quintets... read more
The irony of former Principal Horn Ed Allen's retirement from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra virtually on the eve of the Orchestral Brass Soloists' Tour wasn't lost on the writer of a section of the concert program, the part entitled "Musical Chairs". Replacing Ed Allen for the four-concert tour was Andrew Bain, (sporting the title "Guest Principal Horn"), in fact Principal Horn of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. But there's...