Sunday 30 June 2019

We are delighted to have Ken Young as our conductor this term. Ken has selected a programme of music by Romantic composers, including Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, which will be performed by the Tasman Trio.

Ken Young is one of New Zealand’s leading conductors and composers. Following 25 years in the ranks of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, he resigned in 2001 to pursue a free lance career. He works regularly with the NZSO, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and all the regional orchestras of New Zealand. He has conducted the Queensland Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the City of Osaka Sinfonia, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has received considerable praise for his recordings of New Zealand and Australian music

In addition to his work as a performer and a conductor, Ken is one of New Zealand’s leading composers. His works have been performed nationwide and also in the United States, Europe and Australia. Since 1988 he has been a member of the faculty at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington, where he lectures in conducting and orchestration. In 2004 he was awarded the Lilburn Trust Citation in Recognition of Outstanding Services to New Zealand Music.

Tickets available in advance from eventfinda or on the door.

Sunday 7 April 2019 concert

This term we feature, as soloists, two of the exceptional musicians of the New Zealand String Quartet. Formed in 1987, the Quartet has established an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication, and dynamic performing style. The Quartet performs over eighty concerts to popular and critical acclaim each year.

Monique Lapins (violin) studied at the Australian National Academy of Music and at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. She has twice been a finalist in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition and has participated in chamber music programmes and festivals in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Gillian Ansell (viola) studied at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. She worked as a professional player in London before becoming a founder member of the New Zealand String Quartet in 1987. She was second violinist for two years before taking up the position of violist with the group. In 2001 she became Artistic Director, with NZSQ first violinist Helene Pohl, of the Adam Chamber Music Festival. Her services to music in New Zealand have been recognised with the MNZM honour.

Rachel Hyde returns as guest conductor with a carefully chosen programme that includes Brahms first symphony and Mendelssohn’s Ruy Blas Overture alongside Mozart’s sublime Sinfonia Concertante. Rachel first picked up a baton at age 15, went on to be Musical Director of two orchestras in the UK, and guest conductor for two more. She moved to New Zealand in 2003 to become Artistic Planning Manager for the NZSO. Today she works in government and is a regular guest conductor for both WCO and the Kapiti Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets available in advance from eventfinda ($20 full price, $15 concession, $60 season ticket) or cash sales on the door.

2019 Season Announced

We are delighted to announce our 2019 season of four concerts. Four brilliant local conductors, six talented soloists, thirteen fantastic pieces. See the full programme.

Tickets are $20 per concert, $15 for concessions, free to secondary school students and younger.

We offer a season ticket for $60, four concerts for the price of three. Season tickets available from eventfinda.

Sunday 9 December 2018

2:30 p.m.
St Andrew’s on The Terrace

Ian Ridgewell conducts the Wellington Chamber Orchestra in a programme of work spanning from the late 19th to the mid 20th century. Our soloist is Matthew Stein, freshly returned to New Zealand from doing his Master of Music at the Guildhall in London. Matthew is a Wellingtonian and a graduate of Te Kōki New Zealand School of Music. He was NZSM Brass Player of the Year in 2010 and won the Brassiers and Armourers Brass Prize at the Guildhall in 2017. We are delighted to have him playing with us this December.

Finzi – The Fall of the Leaf, Op.20, 1926–29
Arutiunian – Trumpet Concerto, 1949–50
Stanford – Symphony No.3, the Irish Symphony, Op. 28, 1887

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Sunday 23 September 2018

2:30 p.m.
St Andrew’s on The Terrace

Andrew Atkins, assistant conductor for Orchestra Wellington, conducts the Wellington Chamber Orchestra in four great romantic symphonic poems. We are delighted to welcome Thomas Nikora as our soloist for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Borodin — In the Steppes of Central Asia
Rachmaninoff — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Dvorak — The Wild Dove
Tchaikovsky — Romeo and Juliet Overture–Fantasia

Adults $20
Tertiary students & seniors $15
Secondary students & younger free
Cash sales on the door
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Sunday 24 June 2018

2:30 p.m.
St Andrews on the Terrace

Rachel Hyde conducts the orchestra with a programme featuring Rolf Gjelsten of the New Zealand String Quartet.

  • Dvorak Cello Concerto
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2

Tickets available from eventfinda until 23 June: $19 (full price) / $14 (concession)
Cash sales at the door: $20 (full price) / $15 (concession)
School-aged and younger children free

2018 Season Announced

Term 1 — 8 April, Conductor Donald Maurice

  • Brahms – Tragic Overture
  • Alfred Hill – Piano Concerto (soloist Jian Liu)
  • Richard Strauss – Symphony No.2 in F minor

Term 2 — 24 June, Conductor Rachel Hyde

  • Dvorak – Cello Concerto (solist Rolf Gjelsten)
  • Brahms – Symphony No.2 in D major

Term 3 — 23 September, Conductor Andrew Atkins

Great Romantic Symphonic Poems

  • Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia
  • Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
  • Dvorak – The Wild Dove
  • Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Overture–Fantasia

Term 4 — 9 December, Conductor Ian Ridgewell

  • Finzi – Fall of the Leaf
  • Arutiunian – Trumpet Concerto
  • Stanford – Symphony No.3 in F minor “The Irish”

Sunday 10 December 2017

2:30 p.m.
St Andrew’s on The Terrace (map)

Ewan Clark conducts the orchestra in a programme featuring NZSO Principal Trombone, David Bremner.

  • Lilburn – Suite for Orchestra
  • Tomasi – Trombone Concerto
  • Sibelius – Symphony No 2

Tickets are available online or at the door (cash only).

Ewan writes: “This concert brings together a well-known favourite, Sibelius’s Second Symphony (1901–2), with two wonderful rarities: Henri Tomasi’s Concerto pour trombone et orchestra (1956) and Douglas Lilburn’s Suite for Orchestra (1955). All three are carefully structured works of “absolute music”, yet all three are picturesque and full of vivid evocations, due in no small part to the influence of jazz (in the Tomasi) and folk music (in the Lilburn and especially the Sibelius). There are therefore subtle synergies between these works that allow them to complement one another, despite their varying geographical and historical origins.”

David Bremner has been Principal Trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 2002. Prior to this, he was Principal Trombone of the Auckland Philharmonia. He taught trombone at the NZ School of Music for over 10 years. As a soloist, David has performed concertos with the NZSO, including the world premiere of Gareth Farr’s trombone concerto Funambulistic Strains, recorded Lyell Cresswell’s concerto Kaia for Naxos Records, was one of seven featured NZSO Principals in Eve De Castro-Robinson’s The Glittering Hosts of Heaven, and performed Sandstrom’s Double Trombone Concerto with Christian Lindberg. David has recorded with the New Zealand rock band, Crowded House, performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, as well as many brass bands across Australasia and the UK.

Sunday 24 September 2017

2:30 p.m.
St Andrew’s on The Terrace (map)

Justin Pearce conducts the orchestra, along with three vocal soloists – Janey MacKenzie, Luka Venter and Cole Hampton. The orchestra is led by Paula Carryer, with a programme of:

  • Mozart – Symphony No 25 in G minor
  • Mussorgsky – Songs from the Nursery
  • Jazz songs – Chattanooga Choo Choo and Skylark
  • Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije suite

Tickets are available online or at the door (cash only).