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


Record Attendance at Champs

MEDIA RELEASE – 3 July 2006

For immediate release


A record number of brass bands are to attend the 126th Brass Band Championships in Dunedin this week.

Spokesman Owen Melhuish says “We welcome 30 bands from throughout New Zealand including two from Australia, that’s over 1000 musicians, plus supporters who will be looking to take home trophies from the many events over the five days of competition. A southern south island contest normally has an average of 24 bands but this year we have a record number attending including over 250 soloists.”

Chief Judge will be Kenneth Young from Wellington who himself is a brass player with a distinguished career with the NZSO. He will judge the Invitation Slow Melody event which since 2000 has

become more and more popular (Wednesday 5th July 8.00pm Glenroy Auditorium a the Dunedin Centre) as well as the Open Champion of Champions (Thursday 6th July 7.30pm at the same venue) followed by band events in four grades on Friday and Saturday at the Regent Theatre and Kavanagh College. Kevin Jarrett MBE will assist Young in choosing the top bands.

Bands will also parade through the Octagon on Friday lunchtime.

After four days of competition the 126th NZ Brass Band Championships will be down to the wire as two Kiwi banding greats battle it out for the coveted Scenic Circle Hotels Band of the Year.

It is a classic Canterbury versus Otago clash with NZ Community Trust Woolston Brass from Christchurch (David Gallaher) away to St Kilda Brass of Dunedin (Steve Miles) who perform at the Regent Theatre Dunedin on Sunday 9th July at 2.00pm.

Door sales at all venues bookings for the Scenic Circle Hotels Band Theatre

Contest details and results available from website


© 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>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland