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Benefit for organist Thomas Gaynor, studying in United States, covers satisfying range of organ masterworks

Approximately 50 people were there to hear Thomas Gaynor on a welcome return to his home city, from study in the USA The opening  item was full-on organ music, from one of the masters of the French organ school (Vierne’s dates: 1870-1937), but there were subtle contrasts in texture and volume, and melodies interwove the more dogmatic passages ... read more

Ben Morrison and friends at St.Andrew’s

By , 08/07/2012
It was really Christchurch-born violinist Benjamin Morrison's show, though, of course he couldn't have played the "two great piano trios" on his own. So, joining him for this concert and making up what one might call an "ad hoc" group,  were 'cellist Jane Young, currently principal 'cello in the Vector Wellington Orchestra, and David Vine, well known Wellington-based pianist, conductor and scholar.  The ensemble had come together primarily for... read more

Paekakariki’s ‘Classics for Christchurch’ with the Kapiti Orchestra

A well-filled Memorial Hall proved both the level of interest in music in the community, and its willingness to support such a worthy cause. There must have been around 100 people present.

The orchestra, led by Douglas Beilman, a member of the New Zealand String Quartet, had a good sound, and its level of accuracy and versatility, based, I understand, on one rehearsal, was most commendable... read more

In Memoriam: organ restorers remembered at St Peter’s

By , 04/03/2011
Only two weeks after the inaugural concert for the restored organ at St Peter’s three of those who had worked on the project were killed on their next assignment, the organ in the Durham Street Methodist Church in Christchurch; this extremely beautiful church built in 1864, called the “Mother Church of Methodism” in the South Island, was totally destroyed.

Benefit duet for mezzo and piano

 

A delightful recital by two well-qualified young musicians, both already having quite impressive track-records took place on Saturday.

 

Benefit Concert as Paris Calls Barbara Graham

For a young soprano, Barbara Graham already has an impressive list of accomplishments: Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, PwC Malvina Major Emerging Artist with NBR New Zealand Opera, performances with New Zealand Opera, oratorio soloist, roles in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with NIMBY opera, and recently, playing a superb Susanna in the garden performance of The Marriage of Figaro at Days... read more

Benefit concert for James Rodgers

It was good to hear James Rodgers again, after his years studying in the United States.  He provided a generous recital of an interesting variety of works, accompanies by his girlfriend, an excellent pianist.  His spoken introductions were informal and succinct. The Tosti songs proved that Rodgers has become an very accomplished singer.  But both he and the accompanist had not taken sufficiently into account the size and acoustics of... read more

NZSO players entertain their friends

By , 15/11/2009

The Friends of the NZSO exists partly to give themselves musical entertainment and background, and partly to raise money for the orchestra.  To help promote those aims around twenty NZSO players plus guest pianists and mezzo soprano Annabel Cheetham took part in a highly entertaining potpourri of mainly chamber music before a full Ilott Theatre... read more

Benefit concert for the Sarah Lilli Fund

By , 10/10/2009

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