Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Rutter’s Magnificat given impressive treatment by Wellington’s Capital Choir

By , 02/12/2012
This concert was in part a fund-raiser by an unauditioned choir, to mark Christmas and the end of the year. It was brave to have tackled a fairly sophisticated contemporary work, though not written in an avant-garde style which an amateur choir would have difficulty making musical sense of. Nevertheless, there were challenges in Rutter's rhythms and harmony, in control of dynamics and other interpretive aspects that would have... read more

Worlds Old and New, from the Wellington Chamber Orchestra

By , 02/12/2012
There’s nothing quite like an encounter (preferably “live”) with an unfamiliar piece of music that rocks one’s socks off! This happened for me right at the beginning of this Wellington Chamber Orchestra concert, with Larry Pruden’s Westland: A Back-Country Overture, a work I’d not heard before. True, the rather cramped St.Andrew’s venue heightened the music’s (and the playing’s!) raw impact, not altogether helpfully; but there was no denying the... read more

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