Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir sings Victoria – a moment in time

By , 30/10/2010
I ought to confess right here and now to having a bias towards presentations of liturgical plainchant, as it was very much the kind of church music I grew up with, being a Catholic and a New Zealand child of the 1950s. So, of course, this concert touched so many of my points by dint of sheer content, the effect immeasurably augmented by the general excellence of the singing... read more

Chamber Music New Zealand’s Schubertiade at Sixty

By , 28/10/2010

Sixty years ago in Wellington, in 1950, the ubiquitous “Trout” Quintet was performed by members of the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra with Frederick Page at the piano. This was one of the highlights of the very first season of concerts organised by the New Zealand Federation of Chamber Music Societies that year; and so it seemed more than appropriate that this same work would feature in an anniversary... read more

Israeli cellist with a short programme in the Hunter Council Chamber

By , 27/10/2010


A century ago, perhaps, a player with the talent of Inbal Megiddo would have been a household name by now – she’s 33 and her early career was phenomenal. She was born in Israel and is now resident in the United States. Picking up on the example of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern... read more

Wind and water in accomplished concert from the School of Music

The players were accomplished performers, though whether the two (?) goldfish (complete with bowl and water) in the New Zealand premiere of Steinmetz’s work were moved by the music, we could not tell; they certainly could be seen moving. I’m not sure how often animals are involved in music-making (though in opera they sometimes are – many years ago I saw Bizet’s Carmen at the Paris... read more

Sharon Yearsley and friends in Mozart, Schubert, Britten and early Italians

First on the programme were three Italian arias, which unfortunately I missed, which was a pity if only because apparently Sharon Yearsley accompanied herself on the piano – an unusual practice, which it would have been interesting to observe. I’m told that it gave the performance an intimate character, and that the arias were beautifully sung.

Two of the performers are members of... read more

NEWS: Broadcasting New Zealand music from Radio NZ’s archive

By , 19/10/2010

Polish organist musically excellent but with distracting flamboyance

Gedymin Grubba, a Polish organist in his late twenties making his only appearance in New Zealand following his tour of Australia, played a programme well-suited to the delightful baroque-style organ at the Lutheran Church. There was no work later than those of Mendelssohn and Chopin, but the organ is not built for the resources required for most 19th to 21st century organ music, though... read more

Bow – New string ensemble’s first concert

By , 17/10/2010
An enterprising venture - a new string ensemble, no less! - this came about thanks to the enthusiasm and efforts of conductor Rachel Hyde, which brought together a goodly number of the capital's amateur string players to make music, an ensemble, according to an introductory note in the program, "dedicated to the joy of string playing". As newly-formed orchestras the world over have found, it takes a while for... read more

Sweet Dreams from The Song Company

By , 16/10/2010

I spent the first part of this concert luxuriating in some glorious madrigal singing from the talented Australian vocal ensemble The Song Company, touring the country under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand. The ensemble's programming enabling me to enjoy and marvel at both the similarities and differences between the English and Italian schools of renaissance vocal composition. The English group, which began the programme, contained some... read more

Wellington Youth Choir enlivens Rossini’s great Petite Messe

By , 15/10/2010
It’s usually a mistake not to go to concerts by our youth choirs and orchestras, because any lack of individual maturity or technical skill is completely subordinated, given a reasonably inspiring conductor, to the energy, enthusiasm and readiness to respond that young people can deliver. The concert was a varied one, ranging from this rather extraordinary work by Rossini, through traditional choral sounds from Rachmaninov and Rheinberger to spirituals and... read more

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