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
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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

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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).

Sunday 2 July 2017

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

Andrew Atkins conducts the orchestra, along with James Jin (violin). The orchestra is led by Paula Carryer, with a programme of:

  • Mendelssohn – Overture “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
  • Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.4

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

Derek Holland

The Wellington Chamber orchestra was saddened by the recent death of Derek Holland after a short illness. Derek was a much-loved and valued member of the orchestra; his flute-playing and his musicianship, his quiet leadership and loyal service to the orchestra for the past 15 years will be very much missed.  Derek joined the orchestra in 2005, and has contributed to the orchestra in very many ways, leading the flute section, acting as fixer of the wind section, and as a committee member since  2011. Derek’s quiet serenity, along with his dedication and passion for his instrument have made a lasting impression on his orchestral colleagues.