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Target on Music

Target on Music
11 to 18 September 2006
Media Release

Nelson's Greenhill Orchestra is hitting the target with a week of orchestral events next week.

The 'all-comers' community orchestra has been playing together for over a decade and has members spanning every age group from the teens to the eighties. Target on Music week starts on September 11th and Orchestra Leader Charlotte van Asch says the series of master-classes and concerts offers some exciting opportunities for the public.

"We have two international guest artists, American violinist Kirtley Leigh Paine who is coming from Australia (and whose own teacher was taught by Eugene Ysaye) and her accompanist Nan Gibson, who is a former teacher from the Royal College of Music in London," she said. "We will be giving the first ever performance of a work composed by Ross Carey especially for this occasion. The work is named Whakatu because of its Nelson connection."

Other work in the all New Zealand Target on Music concert at the Nelson School of Music on 16th September (7.30pm) features composers Douglas Lilburn and Ian Macdonald and will feature another world premiere, of a work by David Hamilton. The violin and piano recital by the visiting artists is at the Nelson College for Girls on Friday 15th September and has a programme of works by a range of composers including Mozart, Grieg, Elgar and Kreisler. They will also be performing a lunchtime concert at the School of Music on Monday 18th September.

Charlotte van Asch says she is very excited about the Target on Music programme.

"We are keen to become more widely known and attract more players - in fact if people get in touch with me now they can become part of the orchestra, attend rehearsals and then play in the concert with the international stars under the baton of our own Joel Bolton." Masterclasses will also be held as part of the week's activities and people can also come along as an observer at these.

The name for 'Target on Music' comes from the well known black and white symbol of New Zealand Music Month (the NZ Music Industry Commission), and funding support for the commissioned work by Ross Carey has come from Creative New Zealand.

Tickets for the concerts on Sept 16 and Sept 18 cost $5, $10 and $15 and are available from Greenhill members and the Nelson School of Music. Tickets for the violin and piano recital on Sept 15 cost $10 and $20 and are available from Nelson College for Girls' main office.


Community Notice

Nelson's community Greenhill Orchestra has a Target on Music week starting on September 11th and offering a series of concerts and master classes with a visiting American violinist. Find out more at the Nelson School of Music, or email targetonmusic[at]


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