Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

New wind ensemble plays for mulled wine at Paekakariki

By , 15/07/2012
The famous Mulled Wine Concerts in the hall on The Parade, Paekakariki, staged the first performance by a new wind ensemble, to honour the stormy seas pounding the beach across the road. No ordinary wind ensemble, that usually includes flute and horn, but one comprising entirely reeds – single and double. Moira Hurst introduced the players, explaining the name Category 5  as relating to the meteorological classification of wind strength... read more

Consorting with harpsichords – Erin Helyard and Douglas Mews

By , 15/07/2012
One of a series of concerts entitled "Musicke for Severall Friends", this one featured a close-knit partnership of two harpsichordists, playing both together and singly for the delight of a small-ish but dedicated Adam Concert Room audience. The "two-for-the-price-of-one" package featured two tutor-performers from the New Zealand School of Music, plus two instruments from the NZSM collection of keyboard instruments, copies of French (1769) and German (1728) harpsichords respectively... read more

NZSO plays benefit concert for Anna van der Zee and her family

By , 14/07/2012
This benefit concert was presented to give a little help to Anna van der Zee, a first violinist in the NZSO, and her family (Christiaan, a violist, and their daughter) who had lost everything, including musical instruments, in a house fire two weeks before. It was hosted by the church, as explained by the parish priest, Father Barry Scannell, because of Anna’s contribution to the performance of live music... read more

Psalm settings from Cantoris at St Paul’s Cathedral lunchtime

By , 13/07/2012
The choir of around 30 took an unusual position in the church, arrayed in a semi-circle at the front of the choir, facing the sanctuary, while the audience sat on the choir stalls on either side and on seats placed between the choir stalls, facing the singers and out to the nave. Since the concert was opened with words from the (I assume) Canon The Revd Jenny Wilkens, and a... read more

A Grand Night for Singing – Voices from California, USA

By , 12/07/2012
After this concert, a pianist friend said to me, at once enthusiastically and (I thought) somewhat resignedly, that "there's something about the directness of singing that tops everything!" And that was certainly true here, right from the moment at the concert's beginning when the audience was transfixed by the appearance and solo singing of a beautiful young soprano from the choir by herself on the platform, regaling us with... read more

Varied and various concert from National Boys Choir of Australia

The visiting choir of 42 trebles is the cream of a much bigger enterprise, based in Melbourne, that trains 200 boys in choral singing.  It was founded back in 1964, but this was the choir’s first visit ‘across the ditch’, despite its having visited many northern hemisphere countries, on no fewer than 14 tours. In addition to producing a fine choral sound and singing all items from memory, the choir... read more

Varied, attractive 25th anniversary concert from Kapiti Chamber Choir

The ‘Full Circle’ of the title of the concert was due to the fact that this was the 20th anniversary concert of the choir, and the programme being performed was virtually the same as that performed at the initial concert. The choir was founded by Professor Peter Godfrey at the request of two local singers: Paddy Nash and Pat Barry.  Peter Godfrey was present at the concert, as was his... read more

Ben Morrison and friends at St.Andrew’s

By , 08/07/2012
It was really Christchurch-born violinist Benjamin Morrison's show, though, of course he couldn't have played the "two great piano trios" on his own. So, joining him for this concert and making up what one might call an "ad hoc" group,  were 'cellist Jane Young, currently principal 'cello in the Vector Wellington Orchestra, and David Vine, well known Wellington-based pianist, conductor and scholar.  The ensemble had come together primarily for... read more

Revelatory playing from Takács Quartet in music spanning a mere thirty years

By , 07/07/2012
Two original members of the Takács Quartet remain – second violin and cello; the present leader replaced Gabor Takács-Nagy, the founding leader, in 1995; and the violist Roger Tapping was replaced by Geraldine Walther in 2005. Their reputation among the most celebrated quartets attracted a big though not overflowing audience to the Town Hall. All three works in this admirable programme, written over a span of only thirty years, must... read more

Lunchtime organ recital of Bach and his north German predecessors from Richard Apperley

By , 06/07/2012
Apperley is a Buxtehude specialist, having recently recorded a CD of his organ music, and this recital took examples of music that was written by Buxtehude and composers of the generation following him: that included J S Bach (well, two generations in Bach’s case). He began with a Paeludium by the short-lived Nicolaus Bruhns (in the IMSLP website two are listed: I assume this is the one entitled “Grosses”; Wikipedia... read more

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