Wellington’s music in 2011 – our ‘Coming Events’

It is timely to remind you about the musical services offered by Middle C.

We have recently been loading into our ‘Coming Events’ details of all concert series and individual concerts being presented in the Wellington region in 2011.

Though we remain ready to add any that we have overlooked or that have not been drawn to our attention.

St Andrew’s Concert Series
In particular, we should highlight the St Andrew’s on The Terrace Season of Concerts that will take place between 10 and 20 March. It is a reprise of the series that Richard Greager and Marjan van Waardenberg presented last year alongside the International Arts Festival. Its impulse was the continued failure of the International Arts Festival to provide modestly priced lunchtime concerts which had been such an important part of the festivals from the very beginning in 1986, fading out through the late nineties.

Even though this is not a ‘Festival’ year, it was obvious that a regular series was the best way to establish a musical tradition that opened Wellington’s musical year in a striking manner. The ten concerts this year are in the evenings at 7.30pm with a 3pm concert on each of the two Sunday afternoons.

For full details of the programme, beyond what is in Coming Events in Middle C, go to http://thestandrewsseason.blogspot.com/

All the concerts

All the main concert series throughout Greater Wellington will be found here: from the NZSO and the Vector Wellington Orchestra, the opera, and Chamber Music New Zealand to the Mulled Wine concerts at Paekakariki, the new Tuesday lunchtime series from Expressions at Upper Hutt, as well as their evening series, the chamber music series at Waikanae and Lower Hutt and the Ilott Theatre Sunday afternoon concerts, as well as organ series at St Paul’s Cathedral. And not forgetting the many choral concerts though so far not all have been finalized. We look forward to being advised of more details as they are confirmed.

The major performances in the coming month include the NZSO playing Mahler’s fourth symphony on 25 March and Bach’s St Matthew Passion on 10 April. The Eggner Trio in the Town Hall on 24 March and the Wellington Orchestra’s first concert in the Town Hall on 16 April, with Borodin’s second symphony; and the Bach Choir singing two interesting French choral works with France-based organist Christopher Hainsworth.

For Christchurch

As well as the organ concert on Friday evening at St Peter’s Church, Willis Street, which remembered three members of the South Island Organ Company who had restored the church’s organ recently, and who were killed in Christchurch when the Durham Street Methodist Church was destroyed as they were working on its organ, there will also be a concert by The Tudor Consort at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Monday at 5.30pm for the benefit of victims of the earthquake.

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