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Vibrant and wholehearted – Wellington Youth Orchestra and ‘cellist Matthias Balzat

By , 10/05/2016
A joy, right from the beginning, this concert, which featured bright-eyed and bushy-tailed orchestral playing from a talented ensemble of young musicians, squaring up to a couple of well-known classics and an engaging cello-and-orchestra concert rarity. Under Andrew Joyce's on-the-spot direction, the music in every instance took off, the Beethoven with bright-eyed and chirpy accents, the Tchaikovsky piece with bold, impassioned wing-beats, and the Elgar with gentle, early-morning ruminations developing... read more

Providence delivers the goods, courtesy of Houstoun, fireworks and Orchestra Wellington

By , 07/11/2015

What with the Arohanui Strings delighting us at the concert's beginning, and the city's annual Guy Fawkes' firework display illuminating the interval in a most spectacular way, this was an event which had plenty of what economists like to call "added value" - but it's all part of what we've come to expect from an Orchestra Wellington occasion! In other words there's nothing routine about what happens, even... read more

Sistema Hutt Valley’s Arohanui Strings and related ensembles offer wonderful example

To demonstrate the ethos and value of this programme for primary school children from Taita and Pomare, I quote in full the note on the printed programme from the concert: "[This] is part of a visionary global movement transforming the lives of children through music. "Right here in the Hutt Valley, we are building a youth orchestra in a neighborhood where children normally do not have access to private music lessons... read more

Worlds of Music – Lilburn, Vaughan Williams and Mozart from the NZSM Orchestra

By , 01/10/2015

So, what on earth has Mozart got to do with Douglas Lilburn? By a happy coincidence, the concerto (Mozart's K.466) with which the brilliant soloist Xing Wang earlier this year won the NZSM Concerto Competition First Prize was again performed by her during this concert, to stunning effect. But alongside Lilburn? Mountains and Mozart?

Anybody who has read Lilburn's beautifully-wrought treatise on being a composer here in New... read more

The Apprentice, La Mer, Ibert’s flute concerto and an enchanting francophone premiere from National Youth Orchestra

By , 02/07/2015
The National Youth Orchestra has generally played a major symphony in the second part of its main annual outing (and this is its 56th year). They’ve included Mahler’s First and Seventh, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Fifth, Shostakovich’s Tenth, Rachmaninov’s Second, Brahms’s First and Second, as well as Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, Also sprach Zarathustra, many taxing concertos and other large and challenging works. Back in 2007, they played La Mer... read more

Wellington Youth Orchestra under Hamish McKeich with winning Brahms and Rachmaninov

By , 29/05/2015
One might as well begin by quoting the information about the provenance of the theme of the Brahms variations that is offered in Wikipedia: “In 1870, Brahms's friend Carl Ferdinand Pohl, the librarian of the Vienna Philharmonic Society, who was working on a Haydn biography at the time, showed Brahms a transcription he had made of a piece attributed to Haydn titled Divertimento No. 1. The second movement bore the heading... read more

School of Music Orchestra wins audience delight with demanding programme

Once again, the audience was treated to a very demanding programme brought off with skill and panache by the NZSM orchestra, with the help of quite a number of guest players. It coupled the familiar with the unfamiliar.  The opening piece from Smetana’s Má Vlast was familiar, but seldom programmed recently, within my hearing.  It provided a good work-out for a student orchestra.  There was plenty of scope for the... read more

Wellington Youth Orchestra’s final, tumultuous concert for 2014

By , 21/10/2014
Richard Wagner described Beethoven's Seventh Symphony as "the Apotheosis of the Dance", referring to the dominance of rhythm over melody throughout much of the symphony's duration. Yes, the tunes are there, but, apart from some lyrical sequences in the work's introduction, and throughout the trio of the third-movement Scherzo, the melodies are constantly dancing, stamping or galloping about! If ever a work by Beethoven demonstrated the composer's own euphoric description... read more

Soloists add distinction to NZSM Orchestra concert

By , 02/10/2014
In the wake of a couple of crackingly good recent concerts given by the NZSM Orchestra and its intrepid conductor, Kenneth Young, I found myself eagerly looking forward to this particular evening's presentation. The programme followed the orchestra's policy of mixing the familiar (Brahms, Tchaikovsky) with the less-frequently performed (Barber, Bartok), the repertoire obviously designed to present the student musicians with a wide range of technical and stylistic challenges For... read more

Searing contribution from the WYO to “Recovering Forbidden Voices”

By , 25/08/2014
This concert was associated with a series of performances, presentations and discussions entitled "Recovering Forbidden Voices" -  programmes organised by Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music and the History and German Programmes of Victoria University of Wellington, and held over the previous few days (22nd-25th August) in the capital. The "Forbidden Voices" referred to music and composers who fell foul of the Nazis in Europe, resulting in many... read more

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