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Posts tagged: St.Andrew’s lunchtime concert

Alexa Thomson – possibility and accomplishment on the viola

 This concert was an Honours music degree recital for Alexa Thomson, and St.Andrew’s church was a most suitable venue for this scale of performance. The Brahms Sonata is, of course, one of the lynchpins of the violist’s repertoire, and it was a good vehicle for Alexa’s artistic phrasing and warmth of tone which was entirely free of the edgy, nasal quality that can often detract from the upper register... read more

Diverting woodwinds a delight from first to last at St Andrew’s

This was a concert I headed to with simply no idea of what to expect. It proved to be a delight from first to last. All the works explored the less frequently heard registers and timbres of the various instruments involved, and all evoked moods of reflection and introspection that are not often associated with music for instruments like the saxophone family. It has always baffled me why “classical”... read more

Robbie Ellis – laughter, delight and provocation for lunch…..

By , 23/04/2014
Well, I simply didn't know what to expect! I first got wind of the concert via our Middle C "Coming Events" Calendar, and was duly and unanimously voted by our erstwhile critics' team as "just the man for the job" re a review……preparing myself for literally "anything" (as Harry "Snapper" Organs, the resident detective-sergeant of the Monty Python TV series used to do re his criminal enquiries by reading... read more

Sparkling playing of Bach for flute and organ at St Andrew’s

A third player in the recital was the fine acoustic of St. Andrew’s Church, allowing all the nuances of sound from the instruments to be clearly heard, even the quietest ones. The programme opened with organ only, playing perhaps the most familiar of Bach’s Preludes from The Well-Tempered Clavier (or Keyboard, in this translation), which unfortunately I missed, due to parking problems. However, I heard the fugue, delightfully played on... read more

Aspects of conflict in Brio’s “Peace and War” at St.Andrew’s

By , 26/03/2014
"Something for everybody who remembers the war" might have been a way of describing much of this presentation, with items ranging in emotion from the downright sentimentality of popular song to the unspeakable horrors of nuclear conflagration. As well, there were pieces with less specific associations, ranging from folk-ballads to finely-wrought meditations on life and death. Rather like everyday life, a bit of a hotch-potch – though in the... read more

Jonathan Berkahn and friends celebrate St Patrick’s Day + 2 with charm and wit

By , 19/03/2014
It was only a month earlier that Jonathan Berkahn was at St Andrew’s playing both the church’s organs, and one is used to his appearing more discreetly, accompanying choirs and small ensembles. Here, Jonathan was more centre stage, wielding his piano accordion, though he was also at the piano keyboard sometimes, stage left, and handling a recorder. As well as playing, he demonstrated a talent as compere and musicologist as... read more

Sunny moods and bitter grief at lunchtime at St Andrew’s

By , 11/09/2013
When I reviewed the Koru Trio’s performance of Schubert’s B Flat piano trio last October, I exclaimed at the blessings that were available to the legions of public servants in the vicinity of St Andrew’s who could recover their sanity and humanity (words to that effect) in their lunch breaks at these wonderful lunchtime concerts. I was one of them till the late 1980s, but I see very few... read more

Cellos galore at St. Andrew’s

  This was the debut performance of the NZSM Cello Ensemble, a group of eight women students directed by Inbal Megiddo, cello lecturer at the school. It offered a new sound to Wellington concert goers, and the opportunity to hear both familiar and new works arranged for this interesting combination. The opening item was the Prelude from Bach’s solo cello Suite no.5, played by Lucy Gijsbers, principal of the Ensemble. The... read more

Variable winds at St.Andrew’s over lunchtime

This lunchtime programme was a rare opportunity to hear live performances of these wonderful wind ensembles from Mozart’s pen. They were presented with the assurance one would expect from such seasoned musicians, who clearly revelled in the chance to present these works. K 375 was first composed in 1781 for wind sextet (without oboes) and performed outdoors in several Salzburg locations on the evening of a lady’s name day... read more

Mellifluous flute and piano at St.Andrew’s

By , 10/07/2013
A thoroughly invigorating music-listening experience! - most appropriately for a middle-of-the-day concert, this had an engaging "borne-on-air" quality, as much to do with the playing of two consummate artists as with the instruments and repertoire. Hannah Sassman plays flute with both the NZSO and Orchestra Wellington as a freelance musician, and teaches the instrument to a number of advanced students. She's currently a music librarian with RNZ Concert, and recently completed... read more

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