Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

New Zealand School of Music launches

Joint Media Release

September 30, 2004

New Zealand School of Music launches

Joint statement by Massey University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ken Heskin and Victoria University of Wellington Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor David Mackay.

The New Zealand School of Music, combining the strengths of Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington, is to be launched tomorrow (1 October) at a celebration concert designed to showcase the world-class talents of staff and students, before an invited audience.

The Concert, taking place at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, includes special guest artists. The programme will also be presented as a free public concert at 12 noon tomorrow (1 October) in Soundings Theatre, Te Papa.

“This mix of genres is a unique combination. We will have a selection of old and new works including Handel, Psathas and Ravel, showcasing voice and orchestra and conducted by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra music director James Judd before we jazz things up with the Big Band conducted by Rodger Fox and Kenneth Young while Bill Cunliffe brings it all together with the orchestra and band,” said Professor Mackay.

A feature of the launch will also include the Massey and Victoria Gamelan orchestras to greet guests as they arrive, he said.

The two universities entered into the collaboration to create the New Zealand School of Music to benefit students. “We have established a unique centre of excellence, with undisputed national strengths and an international reputation in musical education, research, composition and performance,” said Professor Heskin.

“This year we have focused on getting approval to jointly award four music programmes and the search for a suitable home for the School in the central city area. We are delighted that the Wellington public have supported the proposal to enter into a partnership with the Wellington City Council to build the School’s new home on the former Circa theatre site at Ilott Green.” From 1 January 2005 the school will work from the existing dual locations, but students will be encouraged to include courses from both Massey and Victoria in their programmes and to take part in joint concerts and other activities.

The two universities will now apply to the Government's Partnerships for Excellence Fund for financial support to fund the new building and will undertake a major fundraising campaign to build a 600-seat auditorium suitable for a wide range of music performances.

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CONCERT AND LAUNCH Soundings Theatre, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Cable Street. Friday 1 October; RSVP jude.urlich@vuw.ac.nz; ph 04 463 5539 7.30pm Official Launch and Powhiri; 8.00pm Concert; 9.30pm Reception.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>



Howard Davis: Estère At San Fran

Appearing at Wellington's San Fran to promote her new single, Calculated Risk, the local musician sutured together a highly impressive set of syncopated soul beats, weaving a brilliant dance cloth of iridescent splendour.More>>

Back On The Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Wins Over Spirit

In March, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal upheld an original jury finding that Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven did not infringe copyright in Spirit’s 1968 song Taurus. Michael Skidmore, who had filed the suit in 2014 as trustee of the ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

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