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Posts tagged: Old St.Paul’s Lunchtime Concert

Another end-of-year student recital: woodwinds in calm weather

By , 26/09/2017
End of year public recitals by New Zealand School of Music students continued, today with woodwind players. If I had been uninterested in hearing the NZSO and Freddy Kempf last Saturday playing single movements of major piano concertos (though I gather it was well-patronised), this was different. Because one was not laying out a substantial ticket price for the rather frustrating experience of being left in mid-air in Mozart... read more

Diverting three-quarter hour of flute-flavoured song: Barbara Graham, Rebecca Steel, Fiona McCabe

By , 19/09/2017
For a somewhat bigger-than-average audience including, I gather, a contingent from a retirement village, all three performers contributed commentary mixing erudition with light-heartedness. So we began with references to Handel’s ode, or oratorio, L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato, sung by Barbara Graham. The oratorio was based on Milton’s poem of a century earlier, entitled ‘L’Allegro-Il Penseroso’, which was enlarged at the prompting of Handel’s friends, with a portrait... read more

Beethoven and bravura violin music from Valerie Rigg and Mary Barber at Old St Paul’s

By , 15/09/2015
I had no knowledge of the programme till I arrived on this sunny, breezy morning, at Old Saint Paul’s, now famous as one of the most beautiful buildings in New Zealand. So that in spite of sightline problems here and there, and acoustic oddities with some sounds, the pleasures to be found just to be there are great. The stained glass creations, among almost an entire suite of stained... read more

NZSM Classical Guitar students square up to a challenging recital

This brief concert was a welcome opportunity to hear again the talents of the NZSM Classical Guitar students under the tutelage of director Dr. Jane Curry. The full ensemble consisted of fifteen players, of whom four were guest members from the School’s pre-tertiary programme. The recital comprised a wide variety of works that spanned the “Golden Age” of Elizabethan lute music, the Baroque, and the 19th and 20th centuries The... read more

Gunter Herbig at Old St.Paul’s – the next best thing to a siesta……

By , 08/07/2014
Gunter Herbig strode into the performing-space of Old St.Paul's radiating waves of energy and purpose, as if he was about to perform some kind of feat considerably more spectacularly death-defying than give a guitar recital of music from South America. He thanked us all for "braving the elements" in coming to the church to see and hear him play, and hoped that we would, by the end of the... read more

Beautiful Britten, sterling Brahms – a heartfelt tribute to Norbert Heuser

By , 17/06/2014
What would have been planned originally by violist Peter Barber and pianist Catherine McKay as an occasion featuring a richly-wrought and most gratifying pair of contrasting works for viola and piano took on an additional note of elegiac sadness by the time the two musicians came to present their concert. Two days before, the death had occurred of a former NZSO colleague of Barber's - in fact, a fellow-violist... read more

Quintessential winds at Old St.Paul’s

To be able to hear music of such interesting variety and high standard at a free concert is a privilege indeed. The Ibert pieces were a great way to start.  They were quirky Ibert at full play, in the opening dance-like Allegro.  There were many fast runs for the smaller instruments, and leaping intervals for the bassoon.  The Andante began as a duet for clarinet and flute, with charming interweaving... read more

Enterprising flute repertoire – Ingrid Culliford, with Kris Zuelicke

By , 28/08/2012
It was a pleasure to encounter Ingrid Culliford's flute-playing in repertoire different to that which I've heard her perform in the past, nearly always with the Auckland contemporary music ensemble 175 East. And double the pleasure was had from hearing the instrument played with such a variety of tones and timbres, the four very different pieces on the program requiring and getting properly individualized responses from both musicians. Old Johann... read more

Strumming and fretting en masse at Old St.Paul’s – the N.Z.Guitar Quartet

By , 21/08/2012
Perhaps it would have all been double the pleasure at Old St. Paul's for Frederic Chopin, who was reputed to have said "Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar - save, perhaps two!" - no less than the New Zealand Guitar Quartet was here to put the aphorism to the test. A quartet's worth of guitar players certainly makes a lovely, rich sound, with plenty of opportunities for all... read more

Strings and winds – New Zealand School of Music Lunchtime Concerts

By , 31/07/2012
It's always a pleasure to attend and write about concerts of music featuring student performers. Somehow, there's a unique dimension of expression involved, a kind of tremulousness which at different ends of the performance spectrum can either set things a-tingle with wholehearted enthusiasm or else undermine efforts with nervousness. There are, of course, plenty of nooks and crannies in-between these extremes, into which inexperienced performers can slot themselves - it's... read more

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