L to R: Karlo Margetic (composed Sinnet), Tabea Squire (composed Jet-Lag) and Natalie Hunt (composed Matariki and data Entry Groove)

Candice from Chamber Music New Zealand explores some new New Zealand music in this week’s blog post… It’s May and here in the land of the long white cloud May means it is NZ Music Month. I love that chamber music continues to be a genre that inspires many of our kiwi composers. At the […]

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Continuing our guest blogging series – “From where I sit“, we asked clarinettist Mark Walton to share his first memories of two profound works: The clarinet quintets by Brahms and Mozart… For clarinet players, the Mozart and Brahms Quintets are sacred. Every phrase is embedded in our hearts. Not only do these masterworks have pride […]

Douglas Lilburn, 1945
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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 […]


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