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Christchurch scores at Schools Chamber Music Contest

As well as providing an exciting contest, the annual finals made for a most enjoyable concert and a varied programme of music from young amateurs.  But make no mistake, this was music-making to a very high standard, some of it on a professional level. Some of the combinations of instruments were unusual.  The first group, from St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, played violin, piano and clarinet  performing four of the... read more

NZSM Orchestra downtown for major concert with the school’s star teachers

By , 30/07/2010
The Red Violin was a 1997 film by François Giraud for which John Corigliano wrote the score; it told the adventures of a haunted violin. From it the composer arranged a piece for violin and orchestra – a Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra and it proved a fine showcase for Martin Riseley. It may have been his first appearance with an orchestra in a public venue since he returned... read more

Another interesting lunchtime concert at Wesley, Taranaki Street

Whirlwind was the delightful name chosen by a quintet of wind players who performed the last of the Winter @ Wesley series of concerts. This was a group of highly skilled wind players, who gave a fine account of an attractive work by Nielsen.  It contained plenty of variety, and good opportunities for each player to... read more

Kapiti Chamber Choir at St Paul’s Cathedral

A concert with two distinct parts: first, choral music from the 18th century with orchestra and soloists; after a long interval in which most enjoyable mulled wine and nibbles were served while a small string ensemble played charming music by Matthew Locke, a choral recital followed with a variety of pieces, some of them unaccompanied. Some of the excitement, and certainly the precision, of the orchestral introduction to the Handel... read more

Time-travelling Wellington Orchestra revisits 1810 and more….

By , 24/07/2010
The idea of learning one's history through music seems an attractive one; and the Wellington Orchestra's 2010 programme has taken pains to forge links in time between the present year and various composers and their works connected with one, two, and three hundred years ago. The latest in this year's concert series focused upon the year 1810, though only two of the four works on the programme seemed to... read more

Rapturous Mahler and more, with the NZSO

By , 17/07/2010
This was a blockbuster of a concert, regarding both its overall length and the epic nature of the music throughout its second half. The Mahler Fifth Symphony isn't the longest of the canon, but it has an epic grandeur that invites big, measured utterances, and the performance by the NZSO and its conductor Pietari Inkinen squared up to the work's demands magnificently. Earlier we got Ross Harris's Three Pieces... read more

NZSO’s Friday series with Schumann and Schoenberg

A concert with such an interesting programme as this, and with such a superb soloist, should not have suffered so many empty seats; one is tempted to think that some would-be patrons were scared off by the name Schoenberg – or were they all at the rugby?  There was no... read more

Strings attached – viola then violin at the NZSM

By , 16/07/2010

Having already played Douglas Lilburn's Suite for Solo Viola at a recent St.Andrew's lunchtime concert, violist Donald Maurice decided to make further amends for the work's previous neglect in recital by performing the suite again, at the Adam Concert Room on the Victoria University campus. This brought the work's total of performances in this country to three, including the New Zealand premiere in 1989, played by Michael Vidulich in... read more

Viola and piano in innovative, delightful recital

By , 14/07/2010

I’ve been familiar with the name Jaenecke for many years, first, I suppose, at the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, where Victoria lived before moving to Wellington. Her performances in the festival always seemed to put her in the forefront of indigenous Nelson players; most musicians at the festival, naturally, are from... read more

Winter @ Wesley another lunchtime series

The ensemble is made up of seven players, and features flutes from piccolo in the high treble to bass flutes, which most of us seldom see. 

Poulenc’s series of French dances, arranged for... read more

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