Jubilate! - Concert Review

Jubilate! - Concert Review

On a day when New Zealanders were glued to screens to witness the modern kiwi phenomenon called an All Blacks victory, I had the privilege of being transported to 17th Century England to hear works of the greats: Purcell and Handel presented by Scholars Baroque Aotearoa and Consort. The fear I often have with…

Christchurch Memorial - Rutter's 'Requiem'

Christchurch Memorial - Rutter's 'Requiem'

When Muslims greet each other, they don’t say ‘good morning’ or ‘hello. They say as salaam alaykum – peace be upon you. When they part, they say ma’a salaama – wishing that all may go with peace. The peace of our Muslim friends, neighbours, and fellow New Zealanders was shattered on Friday 15 March. As Muslims in Christchurch gathered to pray in peace, hatred and violence were poured out against them…

2018 End of Year Message

2018 End of Year Message

As I sit at my desk to write, I am scarcely able to find enough space to place my small laptop.  My desk top is blanketed with an accumulation of scores and concert programmes from 2018 - all waiting for me to find the time early in the New Year to file them away in my music library and archive respectively.  It is, a snapshot, however, of what a fantastic and exciting year 2018 has been…

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Review

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Review

For the first time this year Scholars Baroque Aoteroa hosted this free family event with the generosity of St Peter’s Anglican Church, Mount Maunganui, where the event was held on Sunday afternoon, 9th December.  It was a beautiful warm and sunny summer evening in the Antipodes, the exact opposite of the biting cold and short, gloomy, foggy winter days in London where the tale was set…