Category From Where I Sit

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 […]

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 […]

From Where I Sit: Sacred quintets and a crooning spaniel

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 […]

From Where I Sit: Who has heard of Douglas Lilburn?

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 […]