Jody Thomas

Jody is player rep for TWSO, a tutor and assistant conductor for YOW and occasional conductor for Rusty Players. Continue Reading

Catherine Polglase

Catherine Polglase is a freelance violinist, Suzuki violin teacher and conductor. She studied modern and baroque violin completing; a Bachelor of Arts (Music and History) and Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) at University of Auckland. She studied conducting under Karyn Gryls, Rita Paczian and Chad Davenport while teaching in classroom, directing and conducting a range of… Continue Reading

REVIEW: Opus Orchestra – Midwinter Tales (Rotorua, July 2018)

What:  Opus Orchestra When: Sunday 29 July 2018 Where: Destiny Church Theatre, Rotorua Opus’s conductor, Peter Walls, splendidly assembled a programme, narrator and scripts for ‘Midwinter Tales’, a fine entertainment of words and music to appeal to the young and not so young.  Spirited playing by the orchestra and some informal touches made a wonderful introduction… Continue Reading

Review – Midwinter Tales | Opus Orchestra and Mark Hadlow (Hamilton)

What: Midwinter Tales. A Family Friendly Concert Who: Opus Orchestra When: Friday, July 27 Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Works by: Norman, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky Conductor: Peter Walls Narrator: Mark Hadlow The consummate Lara Hall checked the orchestral A and audience sound levels dropped to a breathless, anticipatory silence. Conductor Walls appeared, lifted his baton… Continue Reading

Review – Midwinter Tales (Tauranga) by Lara, aged 8

Peter and the wolf concert Yesterday I went to the Peter and the wolf concert. I really enjoyed the music. It was also cool how there was a talker. It is hard to imagine how long you would have to practice for the concert. Also the second half was very amazing. I liked the talker’s… Continue Reading

Creative New Zealand investing in the Waikato

Creative New Zealand will invest $27 million in a wide range of arts organisations through its investment programmes in 2019, and for the first time, a Hamilton based organisation will be among them. The Arts Council of Creative New Zealand has agreed its annual funding through its two multi-year investment programmes Toi Uru Kahikatea and Toi Tōtara Haemata… Continue Reading

“Quizzical Tipples and Tunes” coming to Whitianga

Creative Mercury Bay is bringing yet another treat to Whitianga, with a “Quizzical Tipples and Tunes” evening to be held in the Whitianga Town Hall on Saturday evening 1 September. OCTavo, a professional string ensemble made up of six to eight members of the Waikato’s Opus Orchestra, will be performing “music from the movies” during… Continue Reading

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