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


Happy birthday to John Rimmer

Happy birthday to John Rimmer; a tribute concert in his own music

The renowned composer, musician and teacher John Rimmer turned 80 this year, and the Karlheinz Company will celebrate with a concert at the School of Music.

John Rimmer joined the staff of the School in 1974, retiring as Emeritus Professor in Composition in 1999.

He founded the Karlheinz Company in 1978, a contemporary music ensemble still based at the School, where it is currently under the directorship of Dr Eve de Castro-Robinson.

This tribute concert will bring together students and staff performers from the School, as well as guest performers from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and beyond.

Dr Rimmer will be guest of honour, and the concert will include some of his best known compositions performed by leading musicians, including current students, past students and former colleagues.

Some of the country’s most outstanding wind players will perform the seldom played The Exotic Circle, including Roger Buckton, for whom the piece was written.

Guest performers will play Dr Rimmer’s Composition 4 for flute and electronics, and Composition 8 for violin and electronics. A technical team from the School of Music will ensure state of the art sound diffusion for these seminal works written in the 1970s, and which represent the composer’s innovative forays into working with instrument and tape.

De Aestibus Rerum (on the ebb and flow of things) from 1983 received first prize in the International Horn Competition held in the United States. Dr Rimmer’s former colleague, John Elmsly, will conduct the ensemble work which will performed by a number of top notch musicians, and will include special guest slot with Dr Rimmer on the horn.

School of Music staff members, Morag Atchison and Stephen De Pledge will perform solo works, Karen Grylls will lead a female choir in Dr Rimmer’s Alleluia, and a number of ex-students and former colleagues will present a series of miniature works, composed specifically for the occasion.

When: Sunday 26 May, 5pm.
Venue: Music Theatre, School of Music
Location: School of Music, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central
Register for free tickets, here.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Making History

Jock Phillips is a pioneering public historian who has sought new ways to communicate history to a wide audience. His autobiographical memoir is a fascinating account of how perceptions of history have changed through his career. More>>

New Budget Arts Funding: Fairer Wage For Grant Artists, Creatives In Schools

The vital contribution and huge value the creative sector brings to New Zealand is recognised in this year’s Budget with $11.157 million over four years for two new initiatives, the Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern said today. More>>


Auckland Region MMR Change: Children To Be Vaccinated For Measles At 12 Months

The first measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination has been brought forward to 12 months from 15 months in Auckland because of the region’s measles outbreak. More>>


Tapu Te Ranga: Fire Destroys Main Building At Island Bay Marae

There was a large fire at the Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay early Sunday morning. Firefighters saved the meeting house, but the main building collapsed in the blaze and other surrounding buildings were compromised. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland