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

Classical Double Act in Hamilton

Two of this country’s finest young soloists are back in New Zealand from their overseas performing activities to play the Brahms double concerto with Opus Orchestra. Violinist Amalia Hall and cellist Edward King talk about their respective careers and coming together to play Brahms’ Double Concerto in A minor with another high flying expat musician,… Continue Reading

Schubert – September 2015

What: Opus Orchestra Where: Baycourt Addison Theatre When: Sunday 13 September If their latest musical offering to Tauranga is any indication, it would appear that Opus Orchestra continues to move from strength to strength. On Sunday afternoon the orchestra played to a modest-sized audience at Baycourt’s Addison Theatre. Concertgoers were taken on a sonic journey… Continue Reading

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