Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Brahms’ Schicksalslied gives its name to a programme of uplifting music from the NZSO

By , 25/11/2021
Welcome back! We have been starved of orchestral concerts for the last three months. It was a delight to have a full symphony orchestra on the stage, albeit with the players discreetly separated. A very special welcome back was due to James Judd, who was principal conductor of the NZSO for some eight years, and who has been closely associated with the orchestra ever since. And a great thank... read more

Individual and ensembled tributes to JS Bach from Pohl-Gjelsten and Friends at an inspired St.Andrew’s Lunchtime Concert

By , 14/10/2021
J.S. Bach: Chaconne from Partita in D minor A well planned concert has an underlying narrative. In this case it was twofold, Bach, and the scope of a solo violin. Bach's Partitas and Sonatas for solo violin are landmarks in the violin repertoire and indeed in the development of the violin as a solo instrument. The Chaconne is the final movement of the second Partita. The great violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, describes... read more

Sounds of friendship from Vieux Amis at Wellington Chamber Music’s St.Andrew’s concert

By , 15/08/2021
Vieux Amis (Justine Cormack, James Bush and Sarah Watkins), are old friends indeed. They grew up together in Christchurch, they were neighbours and long-standing colleagues, and their bonds run deep. They put together an innovative programme of music that is, apart from the Shostakovich Trio,  seldom heard in concerts. To add to the innovative aspect of the programme, they asked the audience not to applaud between the Arvo Pärt... read more

The Queen’s Closet at St.Andrew’s – a window into a seventeenth-century world of music

By , 11/08/2021
The Queen's Closet is a baroque orchestra that uses historically inspired performance practice, on period instruments at baroque pitch. Their concerts at various venues have been reviewed on Middle C, but this is the first time that I had heard them play as part of the regular Wednesday Lunch Time Concert series at St Andrews. The music in this programme was pleasant occasional music, but it also represented the musical... read more

A piano recital from a superbly well-prepared young man who obviously enjoyed his playing

By , 01/08/2021
I, and the larger than usual audience, came to this concert with huge expectations. Lixin Zhang is a young man of 19 who had cleaned up all the main piano competitions in New Zealand and was this year a Silver Medallist at the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition. And indeed, from the very first chords of the Chopin Ballade, or more importantly, from the first pause... read more

Sonata and Revolution – pianist Liam Furey at St.Andrew’s-on-The-Terrace

By , 28/07/2021
Liam Furey is an Honours student of Classical Piano and Composition at the NZ School of Music. This ambitious program was a journey of exploration  by a young musician. He invested an incredible effort into memorizing this wide ranging music, which he considered essential to the understanding of these pieces as the theme of “Sonata and Revolution”. Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110 This is... read more

Breathtakingly accomplished piano playing from Ya-Ting Liou at St. Andrew’s

By , 21/07/2021
Although Ya-Ting Liou is a regular visitor to Wellington and plays recitals all over New Zealand, she is hardly recognized among New Zealand's best known pianists. This is undoubtedly due to her excessive modesty, because she is, without any doubt, technically the most accomplished pianist you are likely to hear. She opened the programme with Shostakovich's Prelude and Fugue No. 5. This is not Shostakovich of the Leningrad Symphony. This... read more

An unusual and striking St.Andrew’s Lunchtime presentation – Aroha Quartet’s ASQ International Music Academy Tutor’s Concert

By , 14/07/2021
This was a strikingly unusual and interesting programme spanning different musical eras and musical languages. It was a showcase for the ASQ International Music Academy, which was holding its seventh week-long course of chamber music performance with participants from all parts of the country. Richard Strauss – String Sextet from “Capriccio” Donald Armstrong and Manshan Yang (violins), Zhongxian Jin and Michael Cuncannon (violas), Robert Ibell and David Chickering (cellos) Richard Strauss' opera... read more

Amalia Hall splendidly embodies Virtuoso Violin with Orchestra Wellington

By , 12/06/2021
Marc Taddei introduced the concert with a few words of explanation. This programme reflected a significant change in music history, the dawn of a new era, the shift from concerts performed in salons in aristocratic palaces to concerts performed by widely celebrated virtuosos in concert halls to large audiences. It also reflected the changes in instruments, violins with longer necks and strings and pianos with stronger frames that could... read more

Monique Lapins and Jian Liu give consummate performances of Bartok and Debussy at St.Andrew’s

By , 26/05/2021
How privileged we are in Wellington to be able to go to a lunch time concert on a beautiful Wednesday and hear such consummate artists as Monique Lapins and Jian Liu of the NZ School of Music. They presented a challenging programme of Debussy and Bartók. The two violin sonatas were written within a few years of each other, Debussy's in 1917 in the middle of the war, Bartók's... read more

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