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Music in the NEWS - Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust

Dear Lover of Fine Music and the Arts!

We need to let know of an exciting concert that includes a Southern Hemisphere premiere and a fabulous selection of NZ compositions coming up on Sun 9th September in the magnificent space of St Benedict’s Church in Newton, Auckland.

Presented by the newly formed Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust, Music in the NEWS is an ambitious and unique project, bringing together a large number of professional and community musicians to celebrate the music of our current time.

In the first half of the concert, the audience will be treated to a wonderful selection of internationally acclaimed NZ-based, English/German composer, Chris Artley. A number of his compositions have received awards in the USA, Europe, the UK and Asia, and we will be showcasing the remarkable depth of his works, from the haunting Dawn, that captures the despair in the futility of war, to the light hearted jazzy Dream Variations and the spiritually uplifting I will lift up mine eyes. Paul Chan (organ), Peter Reid (trumpet), Josh Helm (cello) and Esther Prendergast (flute) and other artists collaborate under the expert baton of Peter Watts.

The second half then launches into the Southern Hemisphere premiere of the intensely powerful Stabat Mater by remarkable Russian-born, Germany-domiciled Vladimir Romanov. The orchestra is made of mainly Auckland musicians – led by the ever-popular Yid-Ee Goh, with Lara Hall from Waikato University as our superb violin soloist, and well-known soprano Gina Sanders taking the soprano solo (who sang in the world premiere in Stuttgart in 2014). The choir ranges in age from 13 to 70 year olds with students from several different schools, and adults of contrasting backgrounds – all with the common goal of creating wonderful music.

Chair of the Trust, Gina Sanders reflects… “All my career, I have been fascinated, blessed and inspired by the collaborative, connective opportunities that our professional facilitates and how powerful this medium is in bridging gaps, making new friends, speaking across national, international, political and ethnic boundaries that constantly pose the threat of division and fear.”
We are bringing out the Russian/German composer from Stuttgart, and of course the Kiwi/English/German composer, Chris Artley is in our midst.

We would be delighted if you join us! Tickets are available at iTicket: and range from $8.50 - $25.50 at the Early Bird rate.

Thank you so much, and we look forward to welcoming you to this superb concert.

Warmest wishes,
The Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust

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