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Breaths of fresh air – the Imani Winds hit Wellington

By , 26/09/2017
This was the New York-based ensemble Imani Winds' first concert in New Zealand as part of a 10-venue tour organised by CMNZ. Every member of the group during their introductions for each of the concert's items conveyed considerable pleasure and excitement at being part of this inaugural visit by the ensemble to New Zealand. They've come with something of a reputation for being innovative and adventurous in their programming... read more

Splendid playing from NZSM students of New Zealand woodwind compositions

Similarly to the crop of good string players from NZSM whom we heard at St. Andrew’s recently, so we now heard splendid woodwind players.  The range of works by New Zealand composers in this rather over-long concert was wide, but all were appealing, melodic and interesting. I had never heard of the composer Eric Biddington, but his Sonatina for clarinet and piano, the 2nd movement of which was played by... read more

Winds and piano: a masterpiece and three French delights from Zephyr

By , 11/06/2017
The players from the NZSO who comprised five-sixths of the Zephyr Wind Ensemble have played together in varying combinations over the years, and several will have played with Diedre Irons. What this leads one to expect is ensemble and musical rapport at a very high level. It was. One of the characteristics of the famous Mozart quintet is the entrancing interlacing of the individual instruments. As with most chamber music, it... read more

Woodwind students present entertaining, varied music at St Andrew’s lunchtime concert

To hear young performers is always a pleasure; here we had seven young woodwind players, along with three pianists.  The first piece used  a student pianist, and the Bach work was unaccompanied.  Hugh McMillan and Kirsten Robertson were authoritative pianists for the other items. Bridget Douglas, principal flute with the NZSO is acting Head of Winds, and she introduced the concert.  After that, the players introduced their items, and it... read more

Renaissance of the song recital heralded with Poulenc and ‘Songbook’ at St Andrew’s

This time, pianist Catherine Norton, the promoter of Songbook, took a rest from the piano.  Seasoned accompanist extraordinaire Bruce Greenfield did the honours. The concert was but an hour long, and concentrated on one composer instead of the many composers featured in April’s concert.  Despite the promoter’s title for the group, this concert featured woodwind music, beloved of a number of French composers, as well as song.  With top musicians... read more

Woodwind students deliver a delightful variety of lunchtime music at St Andrew’s

Head of Woodwind at NZSM, Deborah Rawson, introduced the students taking part in the concert, and said she had asked them to find suitable works by New Zealanders.  However, the unavoidable absence of a few students meant that several played more than one piece, the latter ones in each case being by other composers. Perhaps the cause was the rather more esoteric nature of the programme, but there was a... read more

Enterprising concert of New Zealand music at St Andrew’s lunchtime

Gallic musical entertainment chez L’Alliance Française

By , 14/08/2015
From time to time the various foreign embassies and their affiliates present concerts of their music and/or by their musicians. There was a musically inclined Italian ambassador a few years ago who arranged for special recitals by visiting musicians from her country; for a few years the Japanese Embassy presented recitals by fine Japanese musicians; a variety of interesting musical and other arts presentations have been staged by the... read more

Mellifluous reeds hold sway at St.Andrew’s

By , 22/07/2015
Having recently enjoyed the concert given by the NZSM's saxophone students, I found myself looking forward to hearing their "wind cousins", the clarinettists, do their stuff. On the way to the concert I found myself thinking of what one would call a group of clarinettists  - of course, players themselves may well have devised their own unilaterally-accepted collective term, of which I'm unaware.  Nevertheless I had fun turning over words... read more

Ensembled delights from the NZSM Saxophones at St.Andrew’s

By , 27/05/2015
There's more "classical" music written for the saxophone than you might think exists - after all the instrument has been around since 1846, and as such is more "established " than its twentieth-century prominence in jazz might suggest. Still, there remains an "exoticism" about the instrurment's particular sound for classically-attuned ears such as mine(!), and one which I find particularly exciting whenever I hear it, be it solo, in... read more

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