Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Plaudits for the Wellington Youth Orchestra with Donald Maurice

By , 31/07/2022
Donald Maurice has had a long association with both Boris Pigovat and Anthony Ritchie. He perfumed and recorded Pigovat's Holocaust Requiem with Orchestra Wellington, a major work for viola and orchestra, and commissioned Ritchie's First Viola Concert and other works. It is appropriate that he programmed works by both of these composers, though Pigovat's piece was a late substitute for the Second Symphony by the youthful Richard Strauss, which... read more

La Traviata – postscript from the last night of the run

By , 16/07/2022
It was good to get back to La Traviata for the last night to see how things had progressed after the Covid-induced drama of opening night. Things had settled down. Oliver Sewell sang Alfredo as advertised, and Hannah Catrin Jones had recovered and sang Flora. That meant that the glorious Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono was back singing Gastone, and his cover had melted back into the chorus. But Samuel Downes was down with... read more

Yuka and Kemp – a concert of popular violin music

By , 10/07/2022
Yuka Eguchi is the Assistant Concert Master of the NZSO; Kemp English is a solo organist, a specialist in playing the fortepiano, and a collaborative pianist. The two put together a programme of violin music that most people know from such collections as the 'best loved violin pieces', but which are seldom featured in concert programmes. They are light, and lack substance that form the backbone of serious classical... read more

Opera in the time of Covid

By , 09/07/2022
Opening night of La Traviata, in the refurbished St James. The house was full and there was an excited buzz when Artistic Director Matthew Ross came out in front of the curtain to make an announcement. His message, that three players had fallen ill with Covid-19, was not amplified and consequently very hard to hear. Tenor Oliver Sewell, who was to sing Alfredo, was to be replaced by the... read more

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