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Category: Editorial

Save Radio NZ Concert: sign a petition and write letters

By , 09/02/2020
Here is the one that's recommended: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/community_petitions/paul_thompson_and_willy_macalister_at_radio_new_ze_keep_rnz_concert_on_fm_and_retain_their_presenters/ This of course covers the bare bones of the issue. Of even more importance is the writing of letters that deal trenchantly with other associated issues. It needs to be asked how it comes about that the positions of chief executive and the head of music of RNZ  have been filled by people with no evident experience in public broadcasting, and with no knowledge of one... read more

RNZ Chief plans to destroy RNZ Concert

By , 06/02/2020
We reproduce below a report on Stuff website about the unbelievably barbaric plans of Radio New Zealand to sack all RNZ Concert staff, broadcast music without presenters, either live or recorded, transmit on only AM radio which is virtually defunct in New Zealand and throughout the world. We know no country in the western world that does not have a classical music broadcaster of the kind New Zealand has had... read more

Rebranding strikes academia: Victoria University victim of corporate-style image-making

By , 31/07/2018
In a radical break from the knitting pattern that Middle C usually follows, I am driven to raise my voice to protest about the planned rebranding of my alma-mater, Victoria University of Wellington, or simply ‘Vic’ as it has always been universally known. Music in Wellington has its most important educational institution in Victoria University. This 'review' is prompted by the publication of Dave Armstrong’s column in this morning’s Dominion... read more

Website problems: acknowledgement of Turnovsky Endowment Trust grant

By , 24/03/2016

Gao Ping’s winning presentation of Debussy, New Zealand and east Asian piano music

By , 11/09/2011

The first thing to remark is the unfortunate clash between this concert and that in the Michael Fowler Centre by the Vector Wellington Orchestra with pianist Diedre Irons. But in addition to that, there was a concert by the Wellington Community Choir next door, in the Town Hall main auditorium.

Though there were only two pieces, both by Debussy, that could be regarded as standard repertoire, the audience... read more

Four fine musicians compete for NZSM Concerto Competition

By , 25/05/2011

This was the final round of the School of Music’s annual concerto competition, reduced now to four finalists. Each is accompanied by piano – a pianist of their choice.

First, I was impressed by the musicianship and accomplishment of all four contestants, and the way in which the finalists had emerged produced a concert of good variety.

The first contestant... read more

Distinguished guests share Nelson concert of masterpieces

By , 06/02/2011
The evening concert offered no further obeissance to the national day. Instead, it was given over to two rather contrasting parts, returning the the universal instead of the parochial. In the first part strings were in the spotlight, together with clarinettist James Campbell; in the second British pianist Martin Roscoe played. Campbell explained his adaptation of Mozart's String Quintet K 406, for clarinet and strings. Since there were few chamber... read more

Ensembles combine in magnificent Nelson concert

By , 05/02/2011
At several points during the festival the question what was the essence of chamber music arose through the pieces played. Given thaat the essential ingredient of chamber music is music with one player to a part, the rearranging of music from orchestral to chamber music, and vice-versa, raises interesting questions; and there's the related question, the effect of arrangements for other instruments or for more or fewer instruments that... read more

Crisis in public radio

By , 20/03/2010

Lindis Taylor quits as Dominion Post music critic

By , 10/03/2010

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