Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Paul Rosoman gives St Andrew’s two organs a work-out

One of the pleasures of hearing an organ recital at St. Andrew’s is the fact that here are two organs; on this occasion both were played – firstly the small baroque organ downstairs, then the main organ, in the upstairs gallery. Informed by excellent programme notes, the audience heard a variety of works from late seventeenth century to early twentieth century.  One of the most delightful was the first, the... read more

A partnership going places – Inbal Megiddo and Jian Liu

Wellington music lovers are very much the beneficiaries of the recent appointments of artists Inbal Megiddo and Jian Liu to teaching positions at the New Zealand School of Music. Each is an exceptional musician and instrumentalist, and this varied programme offered an opportunity to share their command of a wide range of musical and national styles. The two movements of Beethoven’s sonata punctuate deeply expressive slow periods with vigorous Allegri... read more

Beethoven’s and Michael Houstoun’s “Les Adieux” – for now…….

This was the final concert in Michael Houstoun’s Beethoven reCYCLE 2013 project, which has encompassed the composer’s entire output of 32 piano sonatas, presented in forty concerts, spread across ten centres. The atmosphere of eager anticipation in the Fowler Centre was almost palpable from an audience of some 600 listeners who were clearly devotees not only of Beethoven, but of the artist too. The concert opened with the first published... read more

Concert No 6 of Michael Houstoun’s triumphant return to Beethoven

By , 10/11/2013
Let me go back three decades. This series celebrates Michael Houstoun’s 60th birthday, and the 20th anniversary of his earlier cycle, in 1993. It is also the 30th anniversary of a momentous step for music in Wellington. In 1983, as Charlotte Wilson quotes from the Introduction to the 1993 programme, the Wellington Chamber Music Society, inspired by its chairman Russell Armitage (and indeed the whole committee), took a bold step. With some opposition... read more

“Un spectacle fantastique” from orchestra and fireworks

Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra received its first performance in 1946, when the LSO under Sargent also performed it on film for distribution to British schools. It became one of the best known British works of the C20th, and is certainly one of Britten's most accessible and appealing compositions. It is based on a resounding theme from Purcell's incidental music for the play Abdelazer, which Britten used... read more

Houstoun’s stupendous feat in first of the final trilogy of Beethoven sonata recitals

How does one express in words the riches of hearing Beethoven’s incomparable piano sonatas superbly played? The only real drawback to the performance was the fact of it having to be held in the Michael Fowler Centre due to the earthquake strengthening of the Town Hall, in which building is also located the Ilott Theatre, where the first (April) concerts in this series were held. Sensibly, much of the auditorium was roped... read more

Schubert’s “Trout” engaging despite wayward balances

Schubert’s Trout Quintet is not often heard live in Wellington, yet it would have to be one of the best loved works of classical chamber music. The good turnout for this concert reflected that, which would have been rewarding for the ensemble, who were highly polished and technically well in command of the score. The work was written by the young Schubert, aged only 22, as a thank you... read more

Aroha Quartet fills the Futuna Chapel with impressionist and colouful music

By , 03/11/2013
Prefatory note: The Aroha Quartet leave in December for their second tour to China where they will play in the spectacular new Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, and to Zhongshan. They will have with them works from six countries including China and New Zealand. This initiative, the Sunday concert series at the Futuna Chapel, to make good use of an architectural gem that was saved from the attentions of developer/vandals... read more

Festival Singers and Cantoris – Choirs for all Seasons

This concert was a joint performance between Cantoris Choir and Festival Singers of Wellington, both of whom are directed by Brian O’Regan. The programme was built around Eric Whitacre's iconic work "Cloudburst" as part of a journey through the seasons that featured choral works from different ages and genres. Opening the evening was Moses Hogan’s Elijah Rock, a riveting Negro spiritual that ventures almost into rap territory. It was an... read more

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