Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Amici Ensemble in fine performances at Waikanae

An interesting programme performed by fine musicians is always an attraction – even on a gorgeously sunny, warm day in spring. The Amici Ensemble is a variable feast, under the leadership of Donald Armstrong.  This time it comprised a piano quintet, but the music played varied from three-strong, through four-strong to five-strong (no pun intended, Donald!) George Enescu’s brief Serenade was a tuneful work, well worth an airing, while the other... read more

Zephyr – breaths of fresh air

By , 23/09/2012
What a joy when one literally stumbles across a piece of music that then becomes a favorite! I didn't even know wind quintets existed when, way back during my formative music explorations in the Palmerston North Public Library (what an Aladdin's Cave of a place!) I chanced across an LP recording by the Philadelphia Wind Quintet. "Nielsen", it said on the cover - and "Barber" as well, if I... read more

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