Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Stroma enhances Wellington with music inspired by where sea meets sky

By , 30/05/2019
Stroma is a mixed chamber music ensemble drawn from musicians of the NZSO. It performs contemporary experimental music. This programme included music by New Zealand, American, Irish, French, and Icelandic composers, but in particular, it honoured the 80th birthday of John Rimmer, one of New Zealand's most iconic composers. The programme started with fog horns, recorded in San Francisco Bay. A brass sextet of two horns, two trombones and two... read more

Kiwa Quartet takes enjoyable, interesting journey through 125 years of quartet repertoire for Wellington Chamber Music

By , 26/05/2019
Listening to string quartet music is a delightful way of spending a Sunday afternoon. We have had the privilege of hearing three excellent string quartets over the last three weeks, the New Zealand String Quartet, the Aroha Quartet, and now the Kiwa Quartet.  It is fortunate for Wellington to have such an abundance of talent around. The Kiwa Quartet was formed in 2015 as part of a project supported by... read more

A beautiful concert of Romantic symphonic music from the NZSO under Thomas Søndergård

By , 18/05/2019
This concert had no challenging contemporary works, no surprises. It was romantic music, all within the bounds of the traditional, standard symphonic repertoire, but it was all beautiful music. The programme spanned 127 years of musical development from Beethoven's Coriolan Overture of 1807 to Sibelius's Seventh Symphony of 1924. Over that period the world changed and this was reflected in the music. The individual responsibility, accountability, sensibility and the... read more

A memorable concert from the Aroha Quartet: exciting Ligeti and a Beethoven masterpiece

By , 07/05/2019
With concerts by two string quartets, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Aroha Quartet within two days, the Brodsky quartet on the 20th and the Kiwa quartet on the 26th of May seems like a festival of string quartets. With so much music, it is the works that challenge that makes these concerts memorable. The Aroha Quartet played Mozart and Beethoven, beautiful but familiar music, but it was György Ligeti's... read more

New Zealand String Quartet produce joyousness and profundity for Wellington Chamber Music

By , 05/05/2019
A concert by the NZ String Quartet is always an event to look forward to. This is the quartet's 32nd season, and over the years they have gained an international reputation. In this concert they covered a broad period of the musical development of the string quartet. In 1798 Beethoven was a budding piano virtuoso, who had moved to Vienna and was gradually making a name for himself as a... read more

Brass septet produces haunting and enjoyable chamber music at the MFC

By , 30/04/2019
Three trumpets, three trombones, one a bass trombone, and a tuba is not the usual combination for a chamber music concert, but seven principal brass players of London Symphony orchestras got together to demonstrate that brass is capable of producing chamber music. Horns, such an integral part of the brass section of an orchestra, were missing. They might have added a mellower sound to the ensemble, but obviously this... read more

Maria Mo: a fine recital by a promising artist at St Andrew’s

By , 17/04/2019

Mario Mo is a talented young pianist at the threshold of her career. She has won awards and scholarships, studied with Katherine Austin at the University of Waikato and then at the Vienna Conservatory and the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She has had a thorough grounding. She played an ambitious programme.

Beethoven stretches the limits of the piano in the Waldstein Sonata and apart from a... read more

Soloists steal the show with Mozart’s K.364 at Wellington Chamber Orchestra’s inspiring concert

By , 07/04/2019
Being part of an orchestra of some 60 players is a wonderfully uplifting experience for an amateur or semi-professional musician. You get carried away with the flow of the music, you are part of a large team with a common purpose. You do your best, you put your heart and soul into the music. You don't set out to compete with the great symphony orchestras, you do it for... read more

Exhilarating piano duet delight at St Andrew’s lunchtime concert

By , 04/04/2019
Some years ago both Nicole Chao and Beth Chen studied with Thomas Hecht at the New Zealand School of Music. They formed a piano duo partnership and have been close friends ever since. They went overseas, studied further, came back, and carried on playing together. Four hands playing on one keyboard is a very difficult form of chamber music. There is no contrast, no different tone colour or timbre to separate... read more

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