New Zealand’s Got Talent,
and How! It
is often said that in sport New Zealand punches above its weight. Think rowing,
cycling, World Cup cricket, not to mention rugby. That this small country also
punches well above its weight in medical research, IT innovation and classical
music is not so frequently proclaimed. Those
who attended the chamber music concert by the Mimosa Ensemble last Sunday
afternoon in the Graham Young Youth Theatre were treated to a truly outstanding
demonstration of New Zealand musical talent punching well above its weight. The
four young musicians, all barely out of their teens, have already won numerous
prizes and scholarships. They more than hold their own with their European and
UK contemporaries. The
Fabulous Four, Somi Kim, piano, Hugh Roberts, flute, Thomas Hutchinson, oboe,
and Todd Gibson-Cornish, bassoon, are already fully-fledged virtuosi. They all
possess outstanding instrumental techniques, wonderful ranges of tone colours
and the rare ability to make …
Ben Opie is a musician whose talents
extend across the entire repertoire for oboe and beyond. He has performed in
Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and Australia as a soloist,
collaborative and an orchestral musician. His work across the globe has earned
him multiple awards and recognitions in music. Ben’s collaborative efforts have led
him to work with radio producer Gretchen Miller on her Radio National
documentary: The Ariadne Project and with award winning poet, Cecilia White on
their “Breathing Space” series. He was also an artist at the inaugural Bendigo
International Festival of Exploratory Music 2013 as well as developing the
Argonauts Academy at the festival in 2014. Ben is also co-artistic
director of Inventi Ensemble, they have presented at Melbourne Children’s
Week, Melbourne Knowledge Week and Melbourne Music Week 2014 among many others.
This ensemble is dedicated to the developmen…
Our first Performers Evening of 2015 will be held on Monday 30 March at 7:30pm at Philharmonia Hall, 427 Dominion Rd.
This is an informal, friendly, fun opportunity to practice performing! Bring along a piece you are preparing for exams or chamber music competitions, or just something you are working on in your lessons. Perfection is not necessary. Feel free to bring your own pianist or chamber group members. Entry for members is FREE, non-members $10.
Sign up by replying by email by Friday 27 March. Please state what piece you wish to play when you reply. firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks and see you at the PerformersEvening!
Saturday 28 March 2015Time: 2- 4.30pm Venue: St Cuthberts Anyone can come along to our club. Simply sign up and you will be put in a group and sent some music to prepare. At the club, you will work on the music together and receive help from a professional tutor. Lots of fun! No performance involved. Send an email if you would like to come along and make your payment by Friday 20 March (details below).
If you would like to bring your own group including non double reed players, you are most welcome. Just bring your own music to work on. The maximum cost for a group such as this is $100 regardless of how many people, as long as one person is an NZDRS member.
Cost: NZDRS members: adults $30, school /university students, $5
Non members: adults $35, school/university students $10 (Non members are invited to come along to one session at member's rates)
Please make payment to NZDRS 38 9016 0011004 00 Include your name/Ch Mus Cl/Month