Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Diversity and enthusiasm from Gale Force voices at Futuna

Right from the word go this short concert had the feeling of a community event, rather than a formal recital, and I’m sure that’s how the organisers wanted it. Gale Force Gospel choir is a diverse bunch of singers from many different backgrounds, who obviously enjoy the idioms of Negro Spirituals, both the singing and the swinging. They put together a varied programme of small ensemble pieces, incorporating both... read more

Musicians join in with the fireworks in Wellington

By , 08/11/2014
Happily, the days of accepting "as Tchaikovsky's work" the long-established truncated version made by Alexander Siloti of the G Major Piano Concerto - such grievous cuts in the second movement! -  seem to be at an end. Here, at the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's "Opulence" concert at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday evening last, we had, in all of its undiluted glory, the original work as Tchaikovsky conceived... read more

Carnival for Guy Fawkes’ Day – the music of Alfred Hill

This work was the earliest of Alfred Hill’s string quartets to be expanded later into an orchestral version, and is better known as Symphony No.5 “The Carnival”. He frequently “recycled” existing works into new formats, and this transcription benefitted from the larger forces which could very successfully convey the bustling, crowded atmosphere of a fiesta. The opening street scene was graphically depicted with vigorous, sunlit writing and attractive melodies, propelled... read more

Ballades, Songs and Snatches – singer and piper at Futuna Chapel

By , 02/11/2014
If there's anybody reading this who hasn't made the mini-pilgrimage to the exquisite Futuna Chapel in Karori, Wellington, I would strongly recommend to whomever that action be urgently taken. The building alone is worth the visit - an award-winning architectural design by Hawkes Bay architect John Scott, commissioned in 1958 by the Catholic Society of Mary, and built by the brothers of the Society themselves as a place of... read more

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