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Fine Choral Symphony from Wellington Youth Orchestra, but where’s the audience?

The Wellington Youth Orchestra obviously works very hard, and is made up of extremely competent young musicians.  It is only two-and-a-half months since the last concert, which included a taxing Shostakovich Symphony.  Here they are again, playing Beethoven’s demanding final symphony, with choir and soloists; a considerable undertaking for a youth orchestra. But where was the audience?  This major work has not been performed very recently in Wellington.  Perhaps people... read more

Nikolai Demidenko at Upper Hutt’s Classical Expressions

By , 29/07/2013
It was an occasion which brought home to me the refreshing reality of live music-making as opposed to the ethos presented by presentations of the artist "on record". I had not previously heard Nikolai Demidenko in the concert-hall (though he's been to New Zealand before), encountering him only through recordings. It wasn't so much what I'd heard that surprised me, as what I imagined the artist would be like. Photographs... read more

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