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

 

BBC Radio 3 To Broadcast NZSO Concerts To UK Listeners This Week

Photo credit: Stephen A'Court

BBC Radio 3, which has more than two million listeners, will broadcast six concerts by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa on its popular Afternoon Concert programme this week.

A Week in New Zealand, broadcast 22-26 February, includes performances of works by New Zealand composers alongside classical giants Mozart, Beethoven and more, and New Zealand soloists. The NZSO concerts were performed in Wellington in 2018 and recorded by RNZ Concert.

The opportunity for BBC Radio 3 listeners to enjoy the NZSO follows a push by the national orchestra over the past year to grow its international and domestic audience by streaming live concerts and recorded performances via digital channels, including a new website live.nzso.co.nz.

Later this year British and other overseas audiences can watch new performances by the NZSO streamed by the high-profile platform Idagio’s Global Concert Hall.

The Berlin-based classical music streaming service launched Global Concert Hall last year after noting an unprecedented increase in the popularity of classical music streaming since the pandemic.

Some of the biggest names in classical music, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, have premiered performances on Global Concert Hall.

NZSO Chief Executive Peter Biggs says the BBC Radio 3 broadcasts are an extraordinary opportunity for the Orchestra and some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most talented soloists and composers to reach the British public.

“Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the NZSO has been one of the few orchestras in the world able to play before live audiences in concert halls. The online audience for our streamed concerts over the past year has included a large number from overseas. Many viewers told us they couldn’t see orchestras in their own countries and were overjoyed that the NZSO continued to play and stream performances.

“We’re also excited that an international audience this year can view new performances by the NZSO on Idagio’s Global Concert Hall.”

The NZSO concerts on BBC Radio 3 include performances of contemporary works by New Zealand composers Salina Fisher and Gillian Whitehead, and the Orchestra accompanied by New Zealand singers Simon O’Neill, Madeleine Pierard, Kristin Darragh and Anthony Robin Schneider. NZSO Section Principal Cello Andrew Joyce is a feature soloist.

The concerts are led by NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich, NZSO Conductor Laureate Edo de Waart and Dutch-Maltese guest conductor Lawrence Renes.

A Week in New Zealand is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 2pm 22-26 February UK time (3am 23-27 February NZ time.) It can also be heard via the BBC website.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


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: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. 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>>


Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland