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Worlds brought more closely together – the Miyata-Yoshimura-Suzuki Trio

By , 28/02/2016

For a time it seemed as though the world had realigned its meridian intersects and taken St.Andrew's on-the-Terrace and its occupants north of the equator to somewhere in Japan. Woven into this enchanted web of things were a trio of musicians, a clutch of composers and a spell-bound audience, united for a brief time to wondrous and magical effect by means of exotic strains and realizations, wrought by... read more

Monteverdi gets keen, sharp-edged and exciting treatment

By , 27/02/2016

There was certainly a festive spirit around and about the Michael Fowler Centre leading up to the performance on Saturday evening of Claudio Monteverdi's resplendent Vespers of 1610, to be given by the highly-acclaimed visiting baroque ensemble Concerto Italiano with their director Rinaldo Alessandrini.

The performance fulfilled all expectations, managing even to transcend the venue's drab, determinedly secular vistas and ambiences. My last encounter with this music "live"... read more

Waikanae’s chamber music year starts brilliantly with Amici Ensemble

By , 21/02/2016
It is the season for beginnings of the year for series of concerts from a variety of musical organisations. After St Andrew’s on The Terrace comes the first of Wellington’s four main chamber music bodies, the Waikanae Music Society, which presents the most concerts: nine this year. The Amici Ensemble, comprising leading NZSO players, has been a regular and prominent contributor at Waikanae. Its composition changes according to the demands of... read more

Inbal Megiddo and friends stage fifth Cellophonia at School of Music

Cellophonia consists of a day of rehearsals for cellists, followed by a concert. This was the fifth such event. While organised by the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington, it includes mature cellists from amateur orchestras as well as students of various ages. Tutors were Inbal Megiddo (cello soloist and NZSM Senior Lecturer) and Andrew Joyce (Principal Cellist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra). There was no printed programme; I... read more

Accomplished duo play Brahms at St Andrew’s lunchtime concert

By , 17/02/2016
The lunchtime concerts at St Andrew’s started last Wednesday; Middle C neglected it. But I was delighted to be at this one, starting the year so splendidly with Brahms. Catherine Norton’s name is reasonably familiar in Wellington, and I realized that Carolyn van Leuven’s ought to have been, too, as her short biography revealed, though her origins are in Canterbury, with studies and work in Europe and America, that she... read more

Handel’s early Agrippina in brilliant Days Bay production

By , 14/02/2016
Wellington’s boutique opera company that presents most of its productions in the beech forest-surrounded garden of the company’s producer, Rhona Fraser, staged its ninth opera at the height of an unusually warm summer. We regretted not making time before the performance to join the thousands on the beach, for a swim, with the temperature hovering around 27 degrees. This was the company’s second Handel opera, after Alcina in 2012. Other... read more

The Tudor Consort 30th anniversary with founder Simon Ravens

By , 13/02/2016
Simon Ravens was an English choral musician who, while an undergraduate, had become the conductor of an early music choir at the University of Wales; he came to Wellington in 1985 where he sang with the choir of Saint Paul’s Cathedral. He was soon taken with the idea of forming his own choir that would specialise in Renaissance music. It was named The Tudor Consort, modelled to some extent... read more

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