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Air Force Band presents Winds over Welington


Some of the most substantial works written for symphonic bands will be presented by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Band in its latest concert, Winds Over Wellington.

The concert will be in Lower Hutt Town Hall on Thursday, 14 March.

RNZAF Director of Music Flight Lieutenant David Gallaher said the artistic programme of pivotal English wind band repertoire was challenging and a great test of the band’s talent.

“The RNZAF band features some of Wellington’s top professional musicians, and this programme will really show their abilities,” Flight Lieutenant Gallaher said.

“You’ll hear the seminal works of Jacob, Arnold, Holst, Graham Sparke and Bourgeois, which will really explore the rich depth of tone and colour that the RNZAF band possesses.”

One of the band’s accomplished performers is Corporal Lauren Draper, who has played clarinet with the RNZAF band for 10 years. A full time veterinary nurse, she studied classical performance at university but also likes to play jazz and more modern styles.

The Winds over Wellington concert series gave the band members a chance to play a variety of styles and showcase some more difficult classical works, she said.

“These works can be technically quite challenging, which means it’s important to feel practiced and prepared in your own part before heading to rehearsal.

“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to perform. This concert series gives us a chance to learn a new and interesting repertoire and work with some amazing soloists.”

Additional concerts will be added at a later date.

Tickets are available at Ticketek.

WHAT: The RNZAF Band presents Winds over Wellington

WHEN: 7.30pm, Thursday, 14 March, 2019

WHERE: Lower Hutt Town Hall

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