Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

JS Bach and Mahler – worlds of sensibility from Inkinen and the NZSO

By , 10/11/2012
Guest review by Ben Booker There is something distinctly summery about Bach’s D-minor Concerto for Two Violins, and the fairly full audience suggested that this particular programme was not at all disagreeable to Wellingtonians following one of the city's rare but sparkling summery days. Bach’s music seems to have fallen into comparative orchestral disuse in recent times, so it was refreshing to hear it live, by a condensed edition of the... read more

Polish organist with German baroque and French romantic at St Peter’s

When Polish organist Gedymin Grubba was here almost exactly two years ago, he played the relatively small baroque-style organ at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.   How very different to play on the much larger, recently-restored William Hill organ at St. Peter’s!  Despite that, most of this programme was from the baroque era. This time, more of the music was familiar to me, but I find some of the remarks I made... read more

Gospel Truth – great singing from Gale Force Gospel Choir

By , 04/11/2012
In a world where hype of all kinds relating to every sphere of activity seems to be piped into our houses with our drinking water, it's refreshing (ha!) to encounter publicity for an event that turns out to be nothing but gospel truth - announcing this concert by the Gale Force Gospel Choir at Karori's Futuna Chapel, the blurb read, "……a non-stop blast of foot-stompin’ mad-clappin’ gospel classics that... read more

Futuna Chapel and Alliance Française inspire an attractive French women’s choir

O Futuna!  But this concert was not Orff in any sense of the word.  Despite comparatively little publicity that I was aware of, the chapel, its coloured glass radiating beautifully onto the concrete walls as the sun shone intermittently, was full.  The choir of 14 singers (unnamed), and others, gratified the audience with a varied range of music. A variety of French music was to be expected; the introduction of... read more

Panorama Theme by Themocracy