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One Sleep to Go - Let The Magic Begin

Let The Magic Begin
From the moment our first musicians arrived on Saturday the Nelson School Of Music has been resonating with the sound of wonderful music. New musical friendships are being formed as our artists work together exploring every nuance of the piece being rehearsed.

The rehearsal process is an in depth dialogue between performers, discussing the composer's intention with each bar, each note. What was the composer trying to express here, what emotion there? It is this process which leads to the fresh new interpretations of pieces being performed and has particular efficacy in the environment of collaboration which the Festival promotes. The rehearsal schedules are tortuous for the musicians.

Our visiting Canadian musicians, the Penderecki String Quartet were in rehearsal just a few hours after landing from Canada. We invite concert goers to look in on rehearsals to experience this dynamic voyage of discovery.
We've made a short informal video of some of the happenings this week which includes manager Bob Bickerton and Artistic Director Helen Pohl talking about what's in store.

You can view the video here

What To Do In Nelson
Last newsletter we talked about the World Of Wearable Arts being a must see for visitors to Nelson. But there is so much more to see and do here. Whilst here, you could plan a trip to a winery such as Neudorf or Woollaston Estates, visit Hoglunds Glass at Appleby, perhaps call into a gallery or two.
Visit Jens Hansen Jewellers, the Design Room or Shine, maybe sit down for coffee at the official Festival cafe 'Cafe Affair' at the top of Trafalgar Street and look with wonder at our beautiful banner flying off the Nelson Cathedral tower!

Pack Your Sunhats
The forecast for the coming ten days is looking good overall. Mainly sunny with possible showers either Monday evening or Tuesday and Wednesday depending on which weather forecast you believe. It will be hot, up to 27 degrees and warmer in venues. We'll have bottles water for sale at most concerts, but feel free to bring your own.

Follow The Festival
There are several ways you can follow our festival, even if you live far away.
We'll be posting up comments, photos and videos on Facebook from time to time. Just click the button above to join in the fun!
Chamber Music New Zealand are running a blog which will be a great read and you can link to that here
Most concerts will be reviewed by the Nelson Mail and you can read them the next day on their site here

Bits and Pieces
Tickets are still available for many concerts, but most evening concerts at the Cathedral have sold out or are close to selling out.
You can view our full programme here.
Book online here
Or call the Nelson School Of Music on 03 548 9477
Look out for programmes in town and at concerts, they are fabulous and free!


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