Who: TWSO: Slavic Masterpieces When: Sunday 22 May Where: Clarence Street Work: Smetena, Wieniawski and Tchaikovsky Conductor: Rupert D’Cruze, Soloist: Amalia Hall Reviewed by Andrew Buchanan-Smart   A lovely programme celebrated the 10th anniversary of Rupert D’Cruze as Musical Director of TWSO. The concert opened with one of Smetana’s most popular works; the Vltava, or… Continue Reading

Going for Baroque – Opus Orchestra with Hamilton Civic Choir

REVIEW: Going For Baroque, Hamilton Civic Choir and Opus Chamber Orchestra   PETER DRURY/FAIRFAX NZ A performance at St Peter’s Cathedral had the reviewer pondering life with a music department. What: Going For Baroque Who: Hamilton Civic Choir and Opus Chamber Orchestra When: Saturday 6 May 2017 Where: St Peter’s Cathedral Conductor: Timothy Carpenter The excitement… Continue Reading

Review: Mozart Through Russian Eyes – Opus Orchestra

Who: Opus Orchestra: Mozart Through Russian Eyes When: Friday 31st March Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Works by: Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev Musical Director: Peter Walls Soloists: Soloist Matthias Balzat Reviewed by Andrew Buchanan-Smart Peter Walls very cleverly a designed programme where all the post Mozart era works had a direct link back to… Continue Reading


What: Sunset Symphony: A Viennese Midsummer Night Who: Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra When: Sunday, 19 February, 2017 Where: Rhododendron Lawn, Hamilton Gardens Conductor: Rupert d’Cruze Paris may have been the heart of fashion, but Vienna was the guide to style. With some obvious cross referencing to The Last Night Of The Proms, and, despite our title,… Continue Reading


Christmas concert the perfect Sunday afternoon entertainment Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra with the Southwell School Girls’ Choir When: Sunday, November 27 Where: Clarence St Theatre Works by: Prokoviev, Anderson, and others Conductor: Rupert d’Cruze ​Narrator: David Artis ​Concert master: Katie Mayes Reviewer: Sam Edwards Rupert d’Cruze’s musical elves and fairies gifted us over an hour… Continue Reading

Review – An Evening with Simon O’Neill (Tauranga)

Opus Orchestra Concert Review | 10 December, 2016 | Addison Theatre, Baycourt           This reviewer fails to find the adjectives to describe Saturday evenings Opus Orchestra concert featuring New Zealand heldentenor, Simon O’Neill.  Tauranga audiences are rarely, if ever, treated to an instrument the likes of O’Neill’s.  As New Zealand tenors go, O’Neill is beyond compare… Continue Reading

Reviews: An Evening with Simon O’Neill

  Where:  Civic Theatre When: Sunday 11 December Opus Orchestra can take considerable pride from an enthralling concert which had a distinctly gala feel to it and attracted a large and responsive audience. It is a mark of Opus’s prestige that they could draw Simon O’Neill, a heroic tenor who has achieved great distinction chiefly… Continue Reading

A Christmas Festival – review Waikato Times 28 November 2016

Rupert d’Cruze’s musical elves and fairies gifted us over an hour of nostalgia and vocal and instrumental pleasure programmed with an intelligently interesting take on modern perceptions of Christmas. There were references to cinema, Samuel Marsden, and flying snowmen, and to Christmas activities with Northern Hemisphere winters providing social opportunities in the snow. The whiskery… Continue Reading

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