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November 2012
Dawn Chorus

Trimester 2 is over for 2012 and our hard-working students are busy sitting exams, finishing assignments and presenting performances. The plus side for the non-students amongst us is a plethora of really good free performances almost every day for three weeks!

There is lots of News to catch up on, some joyful, some sad.

And there are still events to come – both hosted by NZSM and others featuring our staff and students and friends...


Student recitals

Latest news

Competitions and awards

More performances

Cellophonia II

Recitals and Performances Galore

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There are literally dozens of recitals on at the moment over all three campuses and they are all freely open to observers  – with the proviso that audience members should be sensitive to the fact that these performances are the performers final assessments.

On the Events page there is a schedule for the Year 3 and above recitals happening on the Mt Cook and Kelburn Campuses over the next few weeks.
Take your pick!

NB: We do our best to ensure that the schedule remains accurate but sometimes, due to unforeseen or inevitable circumstances, some changes may need to be made. Contact us if you want to be sure of a recital time.


Two 'performances' of particular note are happening today – Tuesday 6 November – unfortunately at the same time!

Jun He, DMA Candidate in Violin Performance, will give a presentation and performance focused on Violin Concerto No. 22 in a minor, G.97 by Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755-1824). Dr Erin Helyard, NZSM lecturer in Historically-Informed Performance, will accompany her on the fortepiano.
Tuesday 6 November: 7:30–8:30pm
Adam Concert Room, NZSM Kelburn Campus


Radio New Zealand Concert has scheduled a broadcast of the wonderful concert that the NZSM Orchestra, Donald Maurice, Inbal Megiddo and Kenneth Young gave in the Wellington Town Hall last year. The 'In Remembrance' Concert on the 70th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre featured Requiem: The Holocaust by Boris Pigovat for Viola and Orchestra, Schelomo by Bloch for Cello and Orchestra, Anthony Ritchie's Remember Parihaka and John Psathas's Luminous.
Radio New Zealand Concert: Sound Lounge
Tuesday 6 November
8:00–9:30pm – broadcast Nationwide

Now for the News ...

David Carson-Parker

The broadcast of Requiem: The Holocaust brings to mind that the CD which includes the recording of one of the works previous performances with the Vector Wellington Orchestra, Donald Maurice and Marc Taddei, has just received a Supersonic Award from the prestigious Luxemborg-based classical music magazine Pizzicato. You can read their review of the recording here.

In other more recent news, both births and deaths have affected tthe wider NZSM community in recent months. Our YMP Coordinator Shannon Digby and husband Rob have welcomed Isaac Samuel (4.12kg) into their family to join Olivia.

We also learned with sadness of the death of Patricia Holborow and David Carson-Parker. Both were notable supporters of Arts in general and music in particular and part of the wider community of NZSM friends. We make an acknowledgement of their support on our News pages.

... and the winner is ...

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Other recent news is focused around nominations, awards and competition winners – both for students and staff. Follow the links for more information.

On our News pages you will find accounts of the NZSM Composers Competition results, the winning ways of saxophonist Sam Jones who is having an outstanding first year at NZSM, and the fantastic results for tenor Thomas Atkins in the finals of the Australian Singing Competition that saw him return from a Sydney Opera House performance with more than A$44,000 worth of scholarships and prizes.

Staff are not left out. Margaret Medlyn is due to sing Happy Birthday to Prince Charles at Government House, Erin Helyard's production of Vivaldi's Griselda with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney is in line for a Best Operatic Production of 2012 award, and Composer in Residence David Downes is off to Berlin with his film/music work 'Kingdom'.

And NZSM continues its significant involvement with Tuis (the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards variety in Jazz and Classical Album flavours) with Kenneth Young conducting the NZSO in two of the three finalists – including the winner.

Performance, performance, performance

Kate Oswin performing

Despite the academic year being 'over' there is still much to be seen and heard. Several of our students are embarking on the first steps of their performance careers:
Sunny Cheng (piano) performs Scriabin, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms and Ravel for the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Concert in Auckland on 14th November and
Kate Oswin will be the soloist in the performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra on Sunday 2 December.

In the Jazz realm we host a quartet from Australia that are making quite a name for themselves. Steve Barry (piano), currently undertaking doctoral studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will be joined by Carl Morgan (guitar), Alex Boneham (bass) and Tim Firth (drums) a concert in the NZSM Concert Hall on Thursday 22 November. You can find out more about the concert and players here.

Alumnus guitarist and composer Dylan Lardelli brings two outstanding Japanese musicians to Wellington to perform two concerts of contemporary music (including his own) on 23 and 24 November in the City Gallery's Adam Auditorium. Tosiya Suzuki is perhaps the world’s foremost contemporary recorder player and Nanae Yoshimura (koto) also plays with breathtaking facility, at once explosive and elegant. Find out more about the musicians and concerts here and here.

Cellophonia II: course and concert

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In December we welcome another international guest.

Shmuel Magen is the Professor of cello, chamber music and cello pedagogy, and head of the strings department, in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Hebrew University.  He will join NZSO principal cellist Andrew Joyce and NZSM Lecturer in cello Inbal Megiddo in the week-long programme of masterclasses, tutorials and ensemble rehearsals of Cellophonia II.

Over the weekend of 7-9 December, other participants will join the group including NZTrio cellist Ashley Brown and APO Principal cellist Eliah Sakakushev culminating in the extraordinary Cellophonia II concert featuring more than 20 cellists playing as an ensemble. (Check out some images from the inaugural Cellophonia in 2011.)

It's not too late for cellists to join in – either for the whole week, or just for the weekend. Registrations through Eventfinder.
Of course, everyone can enjoy the spectacular concert - at least while seats are available – online bookings through Eventfinder.


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