Douglas Lilburn, 1945
Watercolour, 444 x 336mm
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, on loan from the Rita Angus Estate

Playwright, columnist and former musician Dave Armstrong talks about one of New Zealand’s greats – iconic composer Douglas Lilburn… Having been a classical trumpet player in my youth, I am familiar with the work of Douglas Lilburn. After all, he is probably New Zealand’s best-known classical composer. I played in his Third Symphony and the ubiquitous […]


Collaboration. It is a well-used word in performing arts vernacular, and rightly so. You’d be hard pressed to find live performances that haven’t required some collaborative element in the journey to the stage. In and of itself chamber music is collaboration – between the players themselves, between the composer and the players, between the players and the presenters. So […]


Today Chamber Music New Zealand’s Marketing and Communications Assistant, Candice de Villiers, blogs about sharing the chamber music love through video! … At social situations, when meeting people for the first time, it isn’t uncommon for the following scenario to play out: Them – “What do you do Candice? Me – “I work at Chamber […]


It feels a bit self-indulgent to be filled with a sense of accomplishment for simply having experienced Michael Houstoun perform all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas this year. But in the interest of full disclosure and no censorship, I do. I feel as if I have been a part of something that will be remembered as […]

Kayla Jones and Laura Barton with the BEETHOVEN reCYCLE paraphernalia!

Sunday was the penultimate performance of Beethoven reCYCLE. Unsurprisingly Michael Houstoun has a fair few fans. Two eager fans (Laura Barton and Kayla Jones) happened upon Michael in town before his performance and the result was an unforgettable experience… As the young women we are, we tend to have the ability to spot the people […]


And so begins the culmination of Michael Houstoun’s Beethoven reCYCLE journey in 2013. Friday night in Wellington was the first of the final three concerts for the entire series. Who better to chronicle the beginning of the final three than Chamber Music New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Euan Murdoch… Words cannot begin to express the admiration I […]

Celebrating after the concert - Michael with a special CMNZ cake!

New Plymouth welcomed the its final concert of Michael Houstoun’s Beethoven reCYCLE in a replacement venue, St Andrews Church on Liardet Street. Concert Season subscriber Darren McDonald tells us all about the venue, the concert and the cake!… What a wonderful season this has been here in our province  “like no other”.  Last night we went to […]


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