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Rich and entertaining fare from student cellists at St Andrew’s

By , 05/10/2015
Eight cello students from Victoria University’s school of music, led by head of cello, Inbal Megiddo, delivered a highly diverting concert, the first in the school’s end of year showcase which is taking place between Monday and Thursday this week. The advertised programme was amended by the addition of a solo performance by one of their number, Lavinnia Rae. Hers was another piece from Bach’s Cello Suites: the Praeludium from... read more

HOME-GROWN SOUNDS OF CHARACTER

By , 31/07/2015
Robert Hoskins' typically perceptive programme notes for this concert quoted a significant remark made by painter Toss Woollaston to Douglas Lilburn, which the composer later recalled. Talking specifically about work by New Zealand artists, Woollaston stated that "environment should give it character". Lilburn seems, on the showing of some of the most important of his piano pieces in this concert, to have taken Woollaston's remark to heart. One is tempted... read more

Admirable, heart-warming concert closes an inspiring NZSM chamber music weekend

By , 01/06/2015
The New Zealand School of Music helped keep the Queen's Birthday road toll down by attracting scores of secondary and tertiary students to a sort of immersion programme that would prepare secondary school competitors in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest and general tuition for chamber music groups in a communal atmosphere, and keep them off the roads. It had been a busy week for many of the participants, as I... read more

Inspiring lunchtime performances from NZSM string players

It was nothing short of astonishing to hear the level of musicianship and accomplishment on their instruments that these students demonstrated. As an undergraduate concert it was quite staggering. The concert opened with the cello of Caitlin Morris, playing a section from Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No.1, Op.33. Hers was dynamic and exciting playing. The tempo was quite fast, despite the ‘non troppo’marking of the opening. It was a little too... read more

Soloists add distinction to NZSM Orchestra concert

By , 02/10/2014
In the wake of a couple of crackingly good recent concerts given by the NZSM Orchestra and its intrepid conductor, Kenneth Young, I found myself eagerly looking forward to this particular evening's presentation. The programme followed the orchestra's policy of mixing the familiar (Brahms, Tchaikovsky) with the less-frequently performed (Barber, Bartok), the repertoire obviously designed to present the student musicians with a wide range of technical and stylistic challenges For... read more

Saxophone feast from the New Zealand School of Music

The Bach aria which opened this concert must be one of the most sublime vocal duos ever written, and it has been sung with breathtaking beauty by all the great oratorio artists. Hence it has to be a very demanding challenge to achieve a successful transcription for saxophones. The power of the original is such that I found it impossible to banish that version from my mind, and hear... read more

NZSM’s “A Night at the Opera” generates a feast

By , 19/09/2014
Earlier last week I had the good fortune to catch Radio NZ Concert's "Upbeat" interview with Margaret Medlyn, one of the tutors of Classical Voice at the NZ School of Music in Wellington. She spoke about the then oncoming "Night at the Opera" presentation involving the voice students and featuring arias and ensembles from well-known operas and operettas. She said that the concert's semi-staged aspect with costumes and lighting... read more

Forbidden Voices liberated in NZSM conference on music and musicians banned by Nazis

By , 23/08/2014
This evening’s concert was session number 11 in the weekend’s conference of talks, concerts and panel discussions dealing with the suppression of music and other arts during the second world war, primarily through the Nazi suppression of what they considered 'Entartete Kunst' - 'Degenerate Art'. It’s been a mixture of music and the spoken word, the latter examining aspects of the hideous impact of Nazism on art and artists... read more

Anniversaries, celebrations and NZ premieres – NZSM Orchestra at St.Andrew’s

By , 06/08/2014
I thought this an exceptional concert in every way! - innovative repertoire choices were thrillingly and memorably supported by skilled and strongly-focused, committed playing from all concerned. Each piece as presented had its own world and voiced its own particular character - partly the result of stylistic and contextual differences, but also  indicative of the extent to which these musicians were determined to get to grips with things, and put... read more

Aspects of nature, life and love, from the NZSM Orchestra

By , 04/06/2014
It was the sort of programme I would have travelled miles and miles, over hill and dale, thru fog and storm, and braving accident and ambush to see and hear - with distance lending enchantment, as is often the case. But even without the distance, the enchantment remained - this was music by turns exciting and evocative, so very typical of each composer's work, even the relatively early Overture... read more

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