Category 2013 Adam Chamber Music Festival

Day Six: Engaging in a different way

Tuesday 5 Feb – From Euan Murdoch (Chamber Music NZ CEO and cellist) My previous post was about engaging in the music as a way of reaping greater rewards as a listener. Yesterday’s experiences for me were more about gaining insights about the artists and their art as a way of reaching closer to the […]

Day Six: Damp Weather and High Spirits

Monday 4 Feb – From Korimako The weather may have been damp for our visitors to the Festival but the locals would tell you that we badly needed rain.  The grass will green up and gardens flourish – especially with weeds Still the School of Music auditorium was three-quarters full for the lunchtime Requiem concert – […]

Day Five: Bach by iPhone, not Bach by Candlelight

The festival highlight last night (Monday 4 Feb) was the “Bach by Candelight” concert in the Nelson cathedral. Playing continuo was our friend Erin Helyard, Lecturer in Period Performance at the NZ School of Music, who Mojo-goers will remember from his spectacular recital in Wellington last year. He also plays harpsichord in the group “Barocca”, […]

Day Five: Making Fine Arts Accessible to the Masses

Sunday 3 Feb – from Korimako The Minguet Quartet are a very popular youngish group of musicians based in Germany, and their visit to the festival was sponsored by the Goethe Foundation.  They get their name from Pablo Minguet, an 18th century Spanish philosopher who wrote about making fine arts ‘accessible to the masses’.  These players follow […]

Day Four: Music with friends, for friends

While the Chamber Music NZ national office team is keeping things ticking along in preparation for the start of the concert season our CEO Euan Murdoch is in Nelson partaking in the festival. Euan is a passionate chamber musician and cellist, and former head of strings and chamber music at Victoria University of Wellington. He sent […]

Day Four: A ProAm report from the “Am” point of view

The Pro-Am workshops have been going for three of the Adam Chamber Music Festivals now and have become an increasingly popular part of the 10 day event, giving amateur string players the chance to play quartets with the pros. This year they were working on Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet, with coaches Justine Cormack, Rebecca Struthers, Victoria […]

The ProAm ensemble with tutors - Justine Cormack, Rebecca Struthers, Victoria Jaenecke, and Euan Murdoch

Day Four: ProAm, Ensembles of Power and Standing O’s

Despite being restricted to 10 days every 2 years the Adam Chamber Music Festival isn’t holding back on how much is on offer. Our Nelson blogger is still sending us updates from the Saturday activities – not that we’re complaining! So here’s the next instalment in which Korimako talks ProAm, ensembles of formiddable power and standing […]