Category General Chamber Music Happenings

From where we sit: Composer Connections

Ordinarily it is the chamber music ensemble that decides what to play in concert (maybe sometimes with a little input from the organisation helping to put on the event). This makes sense, given that a considerable number of the artists who wrote the music being performed are no longer alive. But what if it wasn’t […]

From Where We Sit: This Could Be You

Across NZ Chamber Music New Zealand is encouraging amateur music groups to get on their main stages and perform this May in ‘Open Stage’  – a sort of ‘open mic’ event. Registrations to take part close this Friday 10 April. A Wellington family ensemble contributed to today’s blog on why their whole family has already […]

Alumni Reconnect: Donald Armstrong – First Ever Composition Winner, 1972

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Chamber Music Contest, so CMNZ is spending plenty of time connecting with Contest Alumni members. Our Alumni Correspondent Salina Fisher has been delving deep into the 50-year history of the Contest, and will be sharing many Alumni stories for you in the coming months as we celebrate an important year […]

Guest Post: Lavinnia Rae – Gisborne International Music Competition

Cellist and Chamber Music Contest Alumnus Lavinnia Rae took part in the 26th annual Gisborne International Music Competition this December. She shares the experience with us…   Being a first time competitor in the Gisborne International Music Competition was at first nerve-wracking but turned out to be a great experience. I arrived with no expectations and […]

From where I sit: A Social Experiment or the World as it Should Be?

The Chamber Music NZ office team is a vibrant and busy one filled with people who love music. So, unsurprisingly, life outside of work is often filled with music. Case and point is our fabulous Education and Outreach Co-ordinator, Sue Jane, who not only plays violin in the Tawa Community Orchestra but also volunteers for […]

From Where I Sit: Understanding so much more

In September Chamber Music New Zealand ran our very first audio described concert in Auckland which featured music for two pianos and percussion (Rhythm & Resonance). Musicians Diedre Irons (piano), Michael Endres (piano), Thomas Guldborg (percussion) and Lenny Sakofsky (percussion) performed Mozart’s Sonata in D for Two Pianos K448, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin for two marimbas, Bartók’s Sonata for Two […]

Guest Post: Lavinnia Rae – NZCT Chamber Music Contest National Finals

The first weekend of August is a big one for secondary school chamber music students as it is the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. This year the National Finals took place in Christchurch and were packed full of music and excitement. In addition to the top 12 groups taking part and being […]