Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

FRINGE '04: Songs Of These Islands’

‘SONGS OF THESE ISLANDS’

Contemporary NZ & UK songs from the 20th & 21st C
St Andrew’s on the Terrace, 40 The Terrace, Wellington
Door sales Admission $10/7/5

Morag Atchison has recently returned to New Zealand after eight years in Europe
with a string of international awards. They include the Premier Prix at the Royal Academy of Music, a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and winner of the NZ Society Prize in the Royal Over-Seas League’s International Music Competition.

While overseas, some of her leading roles included Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni with Sir Colin Davis, Annina, La Traviata (ETO) and La Ciesca, Gianni Schicchi (Aspen Festival) while her extensive oratorio and concert repertoire have taken her to the Royal Albert Hall London, Aspen Festival, The Netherlands, Venice, The Seychelles and Kenya for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

Returning to sing in her birthplace of Wellington, for the NZ International Festival of the Arts Fringe, she has chosen to perform major works by Benjamin Britten (UK) and David Hamilton (NZ) both of which hold special significance.

“Having performed a great deal of Britten while I was at the Royal Academy of Music, I have always longed to perform ‘On This Island’ says Morag, “as it is undoubtedly one of Britten’s best song cycles.” With text by W.H. Auden it talks about music making, refers to nature, to the industrial age and the juxtaposition of nature and the modern age.”

Renowned New Zealand composer David Hamilton was Morag’s music teacher while at Epsom Girls’ Grammar. Having grown up singing Hamilton at school in choirs, she is now happy to be performing some of his solo work and has chosen “At the Lighting of the Lamps”. This was commissioned in 1996 by Judith Bellingham for a concert in Salt Lake City. The poems by Ursula Bethell are Canterbury based and include visions of looking westward from the Port Hills over the Southern Alps, the settlement of Canterbury Plains, talks about the Universe and its moons and planets, finishing with The Universal Hymn of Praise and returning to the seas and rivers.

Rachel Thomson, accompanist, needs no introduction to the Wellington audiences. Gaining a B.Mus.(Hons) at the Victoria University, Rachel continued her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music gaining a Doctorate in piano performance. Winner of the NZ Concerto Competition (1993) as well as many other awards and competitions at home and in the US, Rachel is today a national recording artist for Concert FM, tutors at the Victoria Academy, a member of the chamber ensemble ETHOS and has toured with Chamber Music New Zealand. She also occasionally works as pianist for the NZSO.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>


Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland