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Still Sounds Lie by Farr Features in New Zealand Tour

Gareth Farr’s set of three songs Still Sounds Lie is to feature in a ten-date tour across New Zealand in September with soprano Pepe Becker and harpist Helen Webby. The programme titled ‘Love’s Nature’ includes a range of works from Medieval to contemporary with themes of telling tales of birth, death and lovers’ unions. The [...]

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Four Songs by Hatzis Set For Recording

Christos Hatzis’ work Four Songs on Poems by Elizabeth Bishop was recorded this weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia with internationally renowned singer Suzie LeBlanc. This recording is to be released by The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. The Society is pulling together funds through crowd-funding to release the recording. It will comprise of four [...]

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World Premieres & Portrait Concert of Vincent Ho in Brazil

Vincent Ho was the featured composer of a portrait programme presented by the University of Manitoba at the 18th Rio International Cello Encounter festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday 11 August. The programme of chamber works by Ho featured two world premiere performances, including a recent commission Whimsical Sketches of Fanciful Birds for [...]

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Psathas Features in Scottish National Youth Orchestra Tour

The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (NYOS) and conductor Tecwyn Evans just completed a three-date tour featuring Seikilos for orchestra by John Psathas alongside Wagner’s Die Mesitersinger, Max Bruch Scottish Fantasy and Resphighi’s Pines of Rome. Founded in 1979, the NYOS is the flagship orchestra of Scotland with musicians aged between 12 and 21. Scottish violinist Nicola Bendetti joined [...]

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New Zealand Chamber Soloists Premiere Psathas in Crete

John Psathas has written two new piano trios for the New Zealand Chamber Soloists (NZCS), which they first performed at the opening classical concert for Casa Dei Mezzo Festival in Crete, Greece on 22 June 2012.  The NZCS followed up with repeat performances at the same festival on 24th June and went on to present [...]

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New Dance Company to Launch with Music by Gareth Farr

The New Zealand Dance Company, New Zealand's newest professional dance company, is to launch their inaugural season 'Language of Living' with performances featuring new music by Gareth Farr in August in Auckland, New Zealand. The company's Executive and Artistic Director Shona McCullagh has set a new dance work Trees, Birds, Then People, to Farr's new arrangement Mondo [...]

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Hot Off the Press: Douglas Lilburn Piano Music 2

We are pleased to announce the release of Douglas Lilburn Piano Music 2. Douglas Lilburn occupies a pre-eminent position in New Zealand music, with a legacy extending well beyond his compositional output. As a composer, teacher and mentor he presided in innumerable ways over the artistic growth of New Zealand from 1940 onwards. This is the [...]

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Vincent Ho and The Shaman Debuts in Taiwan

Vincent Ho’s percussion concerto The Shaman arranged for Chinese orchestra by Simon Kong Su Leong made its Taiwan debut on 20th May with a performance by renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra. This premiere performance of the arrangement for Chinese orchestra was conducted by Yiu-Kwong Chung with the composer Ho in attendance. The Shaman was first [...]

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World Premiere: Mysterion Xenon, choral work by Hatzis

Christos Hatzis' new choral work Mysterion Xenon was premiered by the National Youth Choir of Canada on 5 May. Directing the performance was Ivars Taurins, the founding director of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Taurins and the youth choir will perform Mysterion Xenon on their 2012 concert tour in Canada throughout May. Mysterion Xenon, which means 'strange mystery', is a setting of [...]

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World Premiere: Nemesi, Choral Work by John Psathas

The New Zealand Secondary Students Choir (NZSSC) recently premiered John Psathas’ new work for choir,Nemesi. The concert was performed under the direction of Andrew Withington at the Sacred Heart Cathedral of Wellington, New Zealand on the 14th of April. The new work by Psathas featured alongside works by composers Richard Oswin, Paraire Tomoana and Stephen Hatfield, [...]

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