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Ambitious and satisfying concert from Wellington Chamber Orchestra

By , 29/03/2015
One could argue that the first concert in Wellington Chamber Orchestra’s 2015 season was devoted to the very centre of the classical music repertoire: the blending and conjunction of the classical and romantic eras. Orchestral performances between the hard surfaces of the typical church are not easy to bring off; and over the years I have often commented on the delicate matter of positioning timpani and brass so that their... read more

Pianist Nicola Melville’s visit home with a diverting entertainment and a tribute to her teacher

By , 05/03/2015
The first recital in the 2015 series from Chamber Music Hutt Valley presented former Wellington pianist Nicola Melville. Nicola was raised in Tawa and took her bachelor’s degree at Victoria University and later studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She now teaches in Minnesota. Last month I heard her in a concert at the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson where she played several of... read more

Violin and harp in enchanting lunchtime concert at St Andrew’s

By , 25/02/2015
The harp seems to be asserting itself at present. Though it’s been a pretty standard orchestral instrument since the early 19th century, and a much loved solo instrument both in its many ethnic forms as well as in its larger, more sophisticated character, there doesn’t seem to be a very large body of chamber music involving it. This recital may well have been inspired in part by the presence of... read more

Last three days of the triumphant 2015 Chamber Music Festival in Nelson

By , 08/02/2015
Thursday 5 February For the first time, at this festival, two trips out of Nelson were organised, primarily as part of the full festival pass package; on Tuesday it was St Arnaud on Lake Rotoiti; today, to Upper Moutere to visit Höglund’s glass studio, the Neudorf Winery and a concert by The Song Company in a beautiful country church. I decided to remain in Nelson in spite of that meaning foregoing... read more

Nelson chamber music festival: the second three days, with a trip to St Arnaud

By , 05/02/2015

Monday 2 February

PianoFest I: Dance Sunday’s rain which had been threatened to continue today, disappeared and there was sun first thing, but clouds soon returned and umbrellas reappeared as we set off for the 10.30 PianoFest I: Dance. It featured four prominent New Zealand pianists: David Guerin, Jian Liu, Stephen de Pledge and Sarah Watkins. ‘Dance’ was a rather approximate term as the first piece, Ravel’s Mother Goose, in the... read more

Thirteenth Nelson chamber music festival better than ever: the first three days

By , 02/02/2015
Introduction Coverage of this year’s Adam Chamber Music Festival (the 13th) will be divided into three parts. This first part covers the concerts, ignoring the Gala Dinner on Thursday the 29th at which an ad hoc variety of music was played, from Friday 30 January to Sunday 1 February. Parts 2 and 3 will follow. Readers who have been drawn to the website of Chamber Music New Zealand will recognize among the... read more

Gala recital to invest the new piano at Lower Hutt Little Theatre

By , 25/01/2015
Though the new Steinway piano has been played before, this was a special concert hosted by Chamber Music Hutt Valley to welcome it formally and to attempt to pay off the remaining cost. Thus the players all performed without fees and the Hutt City Council did not charge for the theatre, and at the concert’s end it was announced that the Little Theatre Piano Trust had gained some $10000... read more

Cello jamboree at the school of music and Nota Bene’s light-hearted 10th anniversary

By , 14/12/2014
The fourth annual jamboree for several of the professional and many students and amateur cellists took place this year, not in the Hunter Council Chamber as previously, but in the School of Music’s Adam Concert Room. A smaller audience than I recall at earlier concerts was perhaps the effect of a slightly  less interesting venue. But the acoustics are very good and the big body of cellos produced a very... read more

Aroha String Quartet’s tenth anniversary concert offers excellent, varied, exquisite programme

By , 07/12/2014
The first performance by Wellington’s Aroha String Quartet took place in this venue at this time on 5 December, just 10 years ago. I wrote a review of it in The Dominion Post, ending “This is one of the finest ensembles to emerge from the NZSO ranks. I hope they can find the time to give many more concerts”. I've always felt pleased to have been there. This time, too... read more

Orchestra Wellington ends its year in blaze of irreverent glory

By , 15/11/2014
This last of Orchestra Wellington’s most successful 2014 subscription series not only delivered the last of the Haydn’s Paris symphonies, but brought together Wellington’s other major, locally-specific musical organization: the Orpheus Choir, to perform what is one of the most popular, large-scale compositions. Also called for in Carmina Burana is a children’s choir and Christine Argyle led Wellington Young Voices to contribute that element. In the first half, Haydn’s No... read more

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