Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Kugeltov Klezmer music lends a joyous note to the festival

By , 10/02/2011

I first heard the Kugeltov Quartet in the Festival concerts at St Andrew's on the Terrace last March, though they... read more

Lewis and Houstoun with Winterreise: a highlight in Nelson

By , 09/02/2011

Another highlight of the festival (there were almost daily) was the presence of Keith Lewis and Michael Houstoun to perform Schubert's Winterreise... read more

‘A-Mews-ment’ in Nelson with classical pieces

By , 09/02/2011


The remarks by both Euan Murdoch and Douglas Mews on the tuning, instrument characteristics and performance techniques in the late 18th century were very illuminating for the audience, both those with some familiarity with and knowledge of the issues, and others... read more

Roscoe celebrates Liszt’s 200th birthday in Nelson

By , 08/02/2011

This was a recital, I had thought, that would have been considered one of the real highlights of the festival and... read more

Hermitage String Trio on their home territory for the Nelson festival

By , 08/02/2011

Bach by Candlelight in Nelson Cathedral

By , 07/02/2011
It has been traditional to use the cathedral's lighting possibilities as dusk falls to capture a special atmosphere, usually in a concert involving a voice or voices. For the first time I was sitting on the side, from which the stage was largely obscured by one of the massive romanesque pillars. Keith Lewis was not visible during any of his four arias. It was not so important since in the... read more

Campbell’s clarinet in music from his home

By , 07/02/2011

This lunchtime concert was a showcase for clarinettist James Campbell. In contrast with his problematic work in a Mozart Quintet on Sunday, this was an unmitigated triumph. Apart from the opening... read more

Distinguished guests share Nelson concert of masterpieces

By , 06/02/2011
The evening concert offered no further obeissance to the national day. Instead, it was given over to two rather contrasting parts, returning the the universal instead of the parochial. In the first part strings were in the spotlight, together with clarinettist James Campbell; in the second British pianist Martin Roscoe played. Campbell explained his adaptation of Mozart's String Quintet K 406, for clarinet and strings. Since there were few chamber... read more

New Zealand wind music to mark Waitangi Day at Nelson

By , 06/02/2011
A concert to mark Waitangi Day in appropriate fashion took place at lunchtime in the Nelson School of Music. It was given over to wind instruments, driven no doubt by the decision to feature Maori instruments, taonga puoro, largely wind. The first piece for taonga puoro had been commissioned by Richard Nunns from Martin Lodge, but illness had stopped Martin from getting past a few sketches. Recent studies by Nunns... read more

Ensembles combine in magnificent Nelson concert

By , 05/02/2011
At several points during the festival the question what was the essence of chamber music arose through the pieces played. Given thaat the essential ingredient of chamber music is music with one player to a part, the rearranging of music from orchestral to chamber music, and vice-versa, raises interesting questions; and there's the related question, the effect of arrangements for other instruments or for more or fewer instruments that... read more

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