Sounds of New Zealand

Earlier this year the Kapiti Concert Orchestra was honoured to receive a Community Award at Kapiti’s Annual Wellington Airport Community and Civic Awards event. Members of the Kapiti Concert Orchestra with their Community Award. L to R: Joanna Devane, Angela Ford, Frances Tull, Suzanne Priestley, Josef Griffiths.
Earlier this year the Kapiti Concert Orchestra was honoured to receive a Community Award at Kapiti’s Annual Wellington Airport Community and Civic Awards event.
Members of the Kapiti Concert Orchestra with their Community Award. L to R: Joanna Devane, Angela Ford, Frances Tull, Suzanne Priestley, Josef Griffiths.

Saturday 14 November will be an opportunity for music lovers on the Kapiti Coast to hear Kapiti’s award winning orchestra present a concert celebrating New Zealand music at the Waikanae Memorial Hall at 4pm.

The concert will also be an opportunity to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of New Zealand’s most notable and influential composers, Douglas Lilburn, born 2 November 1915.

The Orchestra will perform A Song of Islands, a tone poem written in 1946, one of three pieces exploring the theme of New Zealand identity and his Four Canzonas for Strings.

Other composers will include David Farquhar, Edwin Carr and Anthony Ritchie.

Farquhar is most noted for his theatre music and the Orchestra will play the dance suite, Ring Around the Moon, which is one of the composer’s most performed works. From Edwin Carr’s long list of works the Orchestra will play the Promenade Ballet Suite.

The Hanging Bulb by Anthony Ritchie, another influential and prolific New Zealand composer, was commissioned by the Dunedin Sinfonia and written in 1989 while the composer was Mozart Fellow at Otago University. It is a very personal work expressing images of sadness and despair.

Guest Conductor for this concert is Rachel Hyde. Rachel has conducted many orchestras in the UK and has had extensive experience as Musical Director of musicals, stage shows and pantomimes. Rachel has been in New Zealand since 2003 and is Musical Director of Cantoris, has conducted the Wellington Chamber Orchestra and was the founding conductor of Schola Sinfonia.

Tickets are available from:

  • Ōtaki Veterinary Centre, Ōtaki;
  • Lovely Living, Waikanae;
  • Moby Dickens Book and Post Shop; Paraparaumu Beach;
  • The Family Music Store, Paraparaumu.