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


APO Appoints Kenneth Young as Composer Mentor

MEDIA RELEASE: Tuesday 23 November 2010

APO Appoints Kenneth Young as Composer Mentor

Budding New Zealand composers will receive more support in 2011 with the appointment of Ken Young as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Composer Mentor.

The APO Composer Mentor role is new in 2011 and will provide additional support for developing composers alongside the APO’s Composer in Residence John Psathas as part of the APO’s Education Programme.

The APO Education Programme includes special events and projects spanning all ages and experiences aimed at encouraging people to experience orchestral music for the first-time as well as supporting and mentoring some of the outstanding young musicians of the future.

Composition forms a segment of the programme with workshops, tutorials and the Secondary Composers’ Competition.

As APO Composer Mentor, Ken Young will be working closely with students involved in the workshops and the competition, and will also work on special projects including the new collaboration between New Zealand authors and composers for the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, and the growing Remix the Orchestra project where students write songs and music mixing classical and hip hop.

Ken is already well-known to the APO as a conductor – and will be conducting the orchestra for the upcoming performances of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the APO’s Celebrate Christmas concerts in December.

With a career spanning a stint as Principal Tuba for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Ken’s development as a composer began in his teens when his music teacher encouraged him to write music as well as conduct and embark on a course of serious music study.

As a composer, he has had works commissioned by a number of New Zealand orchestras and arts organisations including the NZSO, APO, Wellington Youth Orchestra, New Zealand International Arts Festival and Chamber Music New Zealand.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland