Sensing Music 2018

Following on from the sell-out success of ‘The Pied Piper of Pirongia’ in 2017, Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra presented a brand-new show, with an opportunity for audience to get up close and personal with the musicians and their instruments. Conducted by local conductor Oliver Barratt (also known for leading the Rusty Player Orchestra and conducting the… Continue Reading

REVIEW: A Night at the Proms – TWSO and Cantando Choir

What:              A Night at the Proms Who:               Cantando Choir withTrust Waikato Symphony Orchestra When:            Saturday 17 November 2018 Where:           Hamilton Gardens Pavilion Works from:  Verdi, Elgar, well known Proms classics, and local works like Now is the Hour Conductor:    Rupert D’Cruze Soloist:           Anna Hawkins Reviewer:      Sam Edwards   On… Continue Reading

REVIEW: Opus Orchestra | Ahead of the Game (Rotorua)

Review for Daily Post by Hanno Fairburn of Opus Orchestra concert, Rotorua, 30 September 2018 What: Opus Orchestra Where: Destiny Church When: Sunday 30 September 2018 Opus’s conductor Peter Walls deserves high praise for devising a programme of distinction and leading an orchestra which had consistent freshness and vitality. Bach’s Ouverture No.1 made a bright… Continue Reading

REVIEW: Opus Orchestra | Ahead of the Game (Tauranga)

Pure energy as Opus Orchestra stays ahead of the game By Leon Gray THERE’S only one thing that beats an eclectic programme when it comes to an orchestral performance: an ‘electric’ one; which is what the small but enchanted audience got on Saturday afternoon at Tauranga Boys College. With breathless excitement, those present bore witness… Continue Reading

STUDENT REVIEWS: Ahead of the Game

Last September I had the pleasure of watching the OPUS Ahead of the Game Concert. As I’d never heard a professional Marimba being played before, I was interested to see what I was in for. I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed with the outstanding performance that night, as the musicians wowed… 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

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