10 great things to celebrate from the NZ chamber music scene

As the curtain falls on another NZ Music Month, Delia Shanly reflects on 10 great things to celebrate from the NZ chamber music scene in May 2013. 

Delia is the Communications and Marketing Manager of SOUNZ the Centre for New Zealand Music. A Charitable Trust whose mission, and passion, is to collect, curate, and connect people with New Zealand composed music. 


In no particular order, here are 10 things that made the SOUNZ team very happy this month:

1. NZTrio stormed the country with a new commission by Clare Cowan. SOUNZ was thrilled to hear great reports from both public and critics everywhere they went on this extensive Chamber Music NZ tour. MORE >

Composer Clare Cowan

Composer Clare Cowan

2. Holly Matheison managed to crowdfund enough for a launch concert of the Horizon Music Collective – a new Berlin-based, kiwi-centric, ensemble. MORE >

3. Composer Karlo Margetic found himself in illustrious company in Hong Kong when he participated in “The Intimacy of Creativity” music innovation initiative. MORE >

Karlo Blog

4. Samuel Holloway’s Upright Piano collaboration with Michael Parekowhai et al. put the ‘art’ into art music. MORE >

5.  SOUNZ got a makeover. Last year we developed a new strategy and this month we revealed a fresh new brand to match it.  MORE > 

6. Resound Phase 2 launched online. Resound is a project to make NZ Music available online – funded by NZ On Air, supported by Radio New Zealand Concert, and delivered by SOUNZ. Resound Phase 1 involved making hours and hours of pre-existing recordings available. Bringing them out of (digital) storage so people could hear them again.  Phase 2 got even more exciting – with works being specifically filmed and available for anyone to access 24/7/365 at sounz.org.nz. Performances from earlier this year were uploaded this month and include recent performances by NZTrio. MORE > 

7.  A tribute concert for Richard Nunns at Te Papa brought together a wealth of talent from the far corners of our music industry. This concert was also filmed as part of a documentary by Paul Wolframm. Paul currently has a crowdfunding campaign to help make this film, and would be very grateful for any support. MORE > 

8. Bassoonist/Composer Ben Hoadley went on a mission for New Zealand Woodwind Music – presenting concerts in Wellington and Auckland. MORE >

9. Kiwi Gamelan Musicians only need less than 10% of their funding goal to perform in Indonesia. They will play new home-grown repertoire for gamelan, created by innovative young NZ composers under the mentorship of Jack Body and Gareth FarrMORE > 

So, how did you score on the NZ Music-O-Meter for May? How many of these exciting projects were you aware of? Better yet, how many did you attend, get involved with, or even just promoted to your friends?

If you feel like you’ve “done enough for a Mallowpuff” – then a big congratulations! If you don’t, then there’s still time to help Paul Wolframm or the Gamelan musicians share our music with the world.

In any case, there’s always June – and beyond – to continue discovering and enjoying NZ chamber music. Because, actually, only a few of these projects mentioned were even part of NZ Music Month.

NZ Music Month is a great campaign, but it’s heartening to know that all the people and organisations mentioned above are champions for New Zealand music all year round.  And that’s the final of our 10 reasons to celebrate this month!

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One comment

  1. Cordelia Black · · Reply

    Very nice! Wellingtonians can check out a taste of the gamelan at Meow on June 20th, there’ll be an intimate performance by a slimmed-down version of the ensemble, good chance to take a close look at the instruments.

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