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Il Corsaro – a New Zealand premiere, but not the Australasian one

By , 07/09/2013
In the review I sent to Opera magazine (London) of the New Zealand School of Music’s production of Il Corsaro in July, I wrote not only that was it the New Zealand premiere but surmised that it was probably the Australian premiere too. Browsing for something else I have come across a listing of earlier performances of Il Corsaro in Australia, by the small Melbourne City Opera – in November... read more

Elizabeth Hudson steps down as director of the NZSM

By , 29/08/2013
Professor Elizabeth Hudson has stepped down from her role as the inaugural Director of Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music. The School was launched in 2006 as a joint venture between Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington, and has become a leader in tertiary music study. On behalf of the NZSM Board of Directors, the Hon Steve Maharey, Vice-Chancellor of Massey University, and Victoria Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh thanked... read more

Old Saint Paul’s lunchtime concerts

By , 09/05/2012
May 29        Paul Rosoman – organ June 5          NZSM Guitars June 12        David Trott - organ June 19        Megan Corby -  VoxBox vocal group June 26        TBA July 3          Capital Harmony Chorus July 10        City Jazz July 17        Carolyn Mills - Harp July 24        Duo Tapas – guitar and violin July 31        NZSM Woodwind August 7    Valerie Rigg & Richard Mapp – violin & piano August 14    Klezmer... read more

Singing for Children: Young Angel Voices at St Mary of the Angels

By , 15/04/2012

We’re looking for children aged between 8 and 12 years old, who are looking for a group to sing in.

Young Angel Voices started a year ago, and is always welcoming new members.

It’s open to all comers, there is no audition.

The only qualification is the desire to sing.

Children learn all sorts of songs: folk songs, rounds, gospel songs, part-songs, some accompanied, some unaccompanied. They learn to read, and how to... read more

Christopher Doig

In the review of the second Brahms concert from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Rosemary included a few paragraphs about Christopher Doig who had died that morning. The concert master had dedicated the concert to his memory. Concertmaster Vessa-Matti Lepännen spoke to the audience before the conductor entered, dedicating the evening’s concert to the memory of Christopher Doig, who had died that morning. Among his many, many roles in... read more

A new element in the ‘Live in Cinemas’ phenomenon – orchestral concerts

By , 17/09/2011

Wellington Orchestra’s funding secure through 2013

By , 01/09/2011

A composer’s credentials – a clarification

By , 20/08/2011

More on Wells’s “brilliant” (Dom Post) doco on the NZSO tour

By , 06/08/2011

Crude narcissism smothers TV doco on NZSO tour

By , 31/07/2011

I found the TV film on the NZSO’s 2010 Europe tour a total embarrassment.

Some may think that the only way to make a watchable documentary is to lace it with sex and crudeness. I differ.

Today’s permissive climate, when it isn’t cool to harbour behaviour standards known in former times as decent, cultivated or civilized, makes it hard for anyone to... read more

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