Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Dianne Halliday at Cambridge Terrace Congregational Church organ

By , 16/09/2010

Though I have lived almost all my life in Wellington, I confess that I confirm a comment made at this recital, that this organ is Wellington’s best kept musical secret. I only discovered it at lunchtime recitals three or four years ago. In fact, Michael Fulcher, who came to listen, said it was one of his favourite Wellington instruments.

It was Dianne Halliday who prompted work on the... read more

Douglas Mews organ recital before a Bach Cantata at Lutheran vespers

By , 12/09/2010


We are in the middle of National Organ Month. There have been a number of very fine recitals on many of the more important organs in the city, but one has been conspicuously silent.

The Wellington... read more

Wellington Orchestra play Elgar with violinist Feng Ning under Taddei


The concert ended, somewhat unusually, with the violin concerto – but as the longest work, it was sensibly placed after the interval.  The concert began unusually, too, with the orchestra playing itself ‘Happy Birthday’ in a short and amusing orchestration by Stravinsky, created for the conductor Pierre Monteux’s 80th birthday.

Piers Lane and the Doric String Quartet in rapturous accord

By , 10/09/2010

To the simple music-lover, this looked like the most attractive of the year’s chamber music concerts from Chamber Music New Zealand. Though the audience was quite large, I’d expected to see a bigger house than this. My guess was about 750 customers.

Perhaps the Doric Quartet is not as well known as I thought; it’s getting harder and harder for the casual music lover to distinguish the excellent... read more

Michael Stewart’s adventurous organ recital at Cathedral of Saint Paul

By , 10/09/2010

This was one of the regular Friday recitals given on the cathedral organ, and it contributed importantly to the plethora of organ recitals all over the city during National Organ Month.

Dianne Halliday’s organ recital at Sacred Heart Cathedral

Another (poorly attended) recital in this series was quite a contrast to the previous one: this was entitled ‘Make a Joyful Noise’, and so it did on the whole, accompanied in the first half by the sounds of screams, shrieks and yells of the children from the adjacent Catholic primary school in the Cathedral’s forecourt. It was surprising to have a programme entirely of twentieth (or nineteenth to twentieth) century... read more

Duo Tapas – exotic lunchtime fare at Old St.Paul’s

By , 07/09/2010
Something about the splendid ornateness of the interior of Old St.Paul's Church, if not especially Moorish or Iberian, suited the exoticism of parts of the programme presented by violinist Rupa Maitra and guitarist Owen Moriarty on Tuesday at lunchtime, part of an excellent series of concerts organised for performance at the church. Ever approximate, I arrived late for the concert's beginning, picking up what I thought was the third... read more

Richard Apperley contributes to National Organ Month

It is a pity that a mere 20 people came to hear Richard Apperley’s splendid recital on the superb, many-voiced organ at St Mary of the Angels.  Apperley is a fine performer with style and taste, and he chose an interesting programme.  There were no pot-boilers here, but seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’ music, well-suited to the instrument. The first of two Biblical Sonatas by Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722) was ‘The combat... read more

Magnificent Tudor Consort in Schütz and Domenico Scarlatti

Despite the programme stating that the concert was at Sacred Heart Cathedral, it did take place in the suitably more ornate and comfortable (though cold) St Mary of the Angels, with its excellent acoustics.  There was a large and appreciative audience. A small instrumental ensemble (Emma Goodbehere, cello, Richard Hardie, bass, Steve Pickett, theorbo, Douglas Mews, organ, and Donald Nicolson, harpsichord) accompanied the choir; the conductor was Matthew Leese (brother... read more

Percussionist Currie dazzles in brilliant NZSO concert

By , 03/09/2010
Are Wellington audiences losing their taste for adventure? What was it that led to so many empty seats at Friday’s concert, which turned out to be one of the (if not THE) most exciting concerts of the year so far. I too had wondered about the programme, but that would certainly not have stopped me going. My main thoughts were, how would the Copland ballet score (well, most of... read more

Panorama Theme by Themocracy