Music

Song of celebration sets the stage for Te Matatini 2019

Artists and performers have come together to create a song to promote Māori performing arts in preparation for the world’s largest kapa haka festival. RNZ story by Te Manu Korihi reporter Eden More Photo: RNZ/ Eden More Ten people from performers, tutors or composers of kapa haka, or with a background in the Māori performing …

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Orchestra Wellington release epic 2019 programme and live double vinyl LP

Orchestra Wellington have released what music director Marc Taddei is calling an “epic” programme of monumental classical works for 2019, alongside the first New Zealand independently produced classical vinyl release in 30 years. Marc Taddei describes each of the works in the programme as a “monument” of classical music, “introducing developments so important that the …

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Your high five events for Friday 23 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In October, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked …

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NZSO partners with City Mission for Christmas

As part of a new partnership with The Wellington City Mission, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is supporting the charity’s annual Christmas Star Appeal. At the NZSO’s two concerts in December –  Christmas Brass and Messiah – audience members can donate food or funds at the concerts to City Mission volunteers. “We’re delighted that our …

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Listen to Bronwyn Turei on the Sweetman Podcast

Bronwyn Turei is one of the new mainstays at Circa Theatre, performing in comedy, drama, musicals, pantomimes and playing different genders, species, ethnicities – all part of the job of making it as an actor. She’s also been on screen, as the character Cody on the Go Girls television series, and has been in bands …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 17 and 18 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In response to World Day …

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Nothing Else On for 22 years: the Atomic Party People story in Audioculture

There are club nights – and there are epochal Wellington club nights. It’s 1996. Jim Bolger was in his third term as Prime Minister of New Zealand, with soon-to-be deputy PM Winston Peters about to become a thorn in his side. Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is born in Takapuna. Station manager Mark Cubey is moving Radio …

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RNZ Review: David Byrne at Wellington’s TSB Arena

RNZ Music’s KIRSTEN JOHNSTONE is overwhelmed by the incredible display of musicianship, movement, and joy on stage at David Byrne’s TSB Arena show in Wellington last night. David Byrne and band Photo: Bruce Mackay / Darker Arts Live See the full gallery at Undertheradar.co.nz I already know it’s going to be good. Variety called it “the most exhilarating touring …

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Listen to Gerry Paul on the Sweetman Podcast

Gerry Paul is a musician, children’s entertainer, tour promoter, event organiser, session player and creative live wire. He co-created the music festival Coastella, is one of the event organisers of CubaDupa, and has been instrumental in forging connections between New Zealand and Ireland, most recently with a  big Irish Festival across three cities in New Zealand that kicks …

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Witchdoctor lays new cables and connections for a Supra audio experience

RICHARD VAREY discovers a Supra feast of fidelity while auditioning audio offerings. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read this story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ This is just what my audio system has been waiting for. It started a few …

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Armistice Centenary commemorated this weekend

At 11am on 11 November, Aotearoa New Zealand will mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. A range of commemorative events are taking place across Wellington. The Government will acknowledge the centenary with a number of events at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, with the National …

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St James fix-up tops $30m; delayed reopening affects NZ Festival

The cost to fix one of Wellington’s most important theatres is likely to be $16 million more than first thought, with required strengthening work keeping it closed until at least September 2020. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] The extended closure of the Courtenay Place theatre – it was expected to reopen late next year –  …

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Your high five events for Friday 9 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In the Dr Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture …

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Your high five events for Thursday 8 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. To celebrate the stories, potential, and hope …

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Eleven bells for Armistice centenary, then cacophonous chorus

The Rangimarie peace bell of the National War Memorial Carillon will toll eleven times to mark the start of the two-minute silence of remembrance at 11.00am on Sunday at the official Armistice Centenary National Ceremony in Wellington. Then, at 11.02am, a celebratory fanfare will be played by the full bells of the carillon, the third largest in …

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Remember Kristallnacht, fight fascism, embrace hope and violins

On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, it’s time to look back 80 years and ask: who makes the Nazis? Then look forward with hope and music. By Mark Cubey Smashed windows of a Jewish business in Germany after Kristallnacht, 1938 In case you were wondering, it’s fine after the events of the last 12 months to call …

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PM presents Porirua teacher with inaugural music award

The inaugural Tui award for Music Teacher of the Year was presented last night to Porirua teacher Elizabeth Sneyd at the third annual Artisan Awards, alongside awards for producer, engineer, music video and album cover. The awards for behind-the-scenes achievers are part of the annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, and were held at Massey …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 3 and 4 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The Clyde Quay School Spring …

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Your high five events for Friday 2 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Come and hear two inspiring speakers – Chlöe Swarbrick MP and …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 17 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Two free NZ Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Kids are on today …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 13 and 14 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The fifth annual Siapo Cinema: Oceania Film Festival has returned to Ngā …

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A dozen music events for Friday 12 October (special high-five edition)

There is so much good musical entertainment on tonight, that we’re running an extended “high five” to cover it all… The big gig tonight is Rhian Sheehan at the Michael Fowler Centre. To showcase A Quiet Divide, his first new album in over five years, Sheehan is performing a special series of shows across New …

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Your high five events for Thursday 11 October

A reminder: This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous high-five entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.  Don’t be like bearded bell-end Hamish Macdonald and …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 9 October

Dental checks, sound/art installations, editing Wikipedia for equity, ectopia cordis, and cyber threats. That’s your Ava Lovelace Day. Drop in to the Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service at Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay (weather permitting) from 10.00am and 2:15pm for free dental checks for preschoolers to Year 8 children that have not had a dental …

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Listen to Rhian Sheehan on the Sweetman Podcast

Rhian Sheehan is a musician whose work includes a series of studio albums, soundtracks to soundtracks to TV, short film, documentary and feature-length movies, video games and even a theme-park ride. He has just released his new album, A Quiet Divide, and opens a special series of shows across New Zealand, transforming venues into spectacles …

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Music artisan awards to be hosted at Massey

The Artisan Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, recognising the best technical and production values in the music industry, will be hosted in Wellington for the first time this year. The event will be livestreamed from the new music and production facilities at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts on Monday 5 November. …

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Witchdoctor gets down and dirty with a spring clean for records

Have you tried a Spin Clean with The Groovinator? Or L’Art du Son? RICHARD VAREY has used them on his records, and he’s here to tell us all about it. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and …

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Your (double) high five events for the weekend of 6 and 7 October

It’s always a squeeze trying to get the weekend down to five high-five events, so in a trial exercise we’re running ten tips for what you might do over a spring weekend in Wellington (and extending a bit beyond our usual $20-or-under benchmark). Events exclude the WOW activities we wrote about today – check those …

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Your high five events for Thursday 4 October

Making, Beyblading, two divas, three punk rockers ,and an open late. Want to be a Maker? Join the Junk and Disorderly Team from REACT at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf from 9:30am to 3:30pm for Maker Mayhem, collaborating on creative projects, including a large-scale, quirky, mixed-media creature from Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Using recycled, upcycled, willow, and …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 3 October

Support bus drivers, experience musical mayhem, join the next generation business community, find out more about the flu epidemic in the Pacific 100 years ago, and get positive about mental health. The Greater Wellington Regional Council are holding an extraordinary meeting from 9.30am at their offices on Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Te Aro. On …

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Pregnant songwriter wins lullaby-for-PM competition

A competition to write a lullaby to be gifted to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been won by singer-songwriter Chanelle Davis who is expecting her first child in January.   The competition, run by Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī (NZSM), was open to all New Zealanders in celebration of Suffrage …

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Homegrown festival announces first lineup and pre-party show

After a record sell-out festival this year, Jim Beam Homegrown will return to Wellington’s waterfront on 23 March 2019, with the first details of the 42 acts playing the five stages revealed this morning. And for the first time, Homegrown will include a pre-party to start the festival on the Friday night, before Saturday’s main …

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Listen to Martyn Pepperell on the Sweetman Podcast

Martyn Pepperell is a Wellington-based DJ, broadcaster, publicist, promoter and writer. Most recently he’s been directly involved with the reissue of Our Garden Needs Its Flowers by Jess Sah Bi and Peter One on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label. Martyn Pepperell talked to Simon Sweetman, who has known him for over ten years, for …

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Hop into the history of The Wide Mouth Frogs

The latest addition to Audioculture, the “noisy library of New Zealand music” tells the story of the short but glorious career of Wellington’s all-female rock/pop band The Wide Mouth Frogs. This tour poster for the Wide Mouthed Frogs, designed by Peter Chester, was banned from appearing in the Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune. By Mark Cubey It’s …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 22 and 23 September

It’s the start of Wellington’s Spring Festival (22 to 30 September), the end of Conservation Week, and Home & Garden weekend. Get out and about! On Saturday, the annual Otari-Wilton’s Bush Open Day and Plant Sale takes place at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road, from 10:00 to 2:00pm. This is a great day for first-timers …

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Witchdoctor explains the Victory of the Musical Magpie

Don’t worry, it’s the 21st Century, it’s okay to like pop music and weird shit too, writes GARY STEEL. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ I well remember the litmus test of rock credibility …

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Your high five events for Thursday 20 September

Walking, tai chi, ace ladies, French shorts and synaesthesia. It must be spring. Today’s Tinytown Buggy Walk (every third Thursday of the month), explores Oriental Bay Parade. Park your car or catch the bus to where Evans Bay Parade Road meets Oriental Parade at 9:45am, then stroll along the Parade, a flat and buggy friendly …

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Art auction raises $40k in support of national music centre

Nearly $40,000 was raised at the art auction last Thursday night, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington last Thursday night, in partnership with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington City Council. The auction at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel and supported by Dunbar Sloane Ltd, was held to raise funds for the National Music Centre …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāhoroi 15 a Rātapu 16 Mahuru

As Te Wiki o te Reo Māori comes to an end, there’s a lot going on involving nature and space and trombones. Saturday’s Young Feminist Hui at Te Papa is fully booked, though there are still a few tickets available for the All Blacks/Springbok test… Photo of Kereru by Janice McKenna Conservation Week starts on Saturday, …

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Art auction tonight to raise funds for national music centre [updated]

The NZSO and Victoria University are running an art auction tonight to raise funds for the national music centre based around Wellington Town Hall. Terry Stringer, Sea Sound, Like Violins (2018), bronze Thirty works from artists such as Dick Frizzell, Shane Cotton, Jenny Doležel, John Walsh, Gretchen Albrecht, Elizabeth Thompson and Ans Westra will be …

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Listen to Bill Manhire on the Sweetman Podcast

Bill Manhire is Wellington’s premier poet and founder of the International Institute of Modern Letters. On New Zealand Poetry Day, he talked to Simon Sweetman for Episode 130 of the Sweetman Podcast about teaching, growing up in the South Island, his time in England and 40 years in Wellington, his trip to Antarctica, long-running collaboration …

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Your high five events for Friday 7 September

It’s Onesie Day, with the Orange Day Parade, Suffrage in Stitches, the McQueen doco, and a whole lotta folk, metal and Ethiopiques. Today is Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day, the annual appeal for the only emergency ambulance service in the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa area. The appeal extends to Saturday with a long weekend featuring …

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Dragon to conduct NZSO for Harry Potter concert

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the eight Harry Potter films in late September, under the baton of Australian conductor Christopher Dragon. Music from composers John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat will feature in the sixth NZSO concert programme this year to feature music from film, video games or …

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World class music course ready to roll at Massey

As part of Tertiary Open Day on Friday, the Commercial Music course at Massey University will showcase its brand new studio facilities packed with top-end gear in a music course that’s “shamelessly vocational”. By Mark Cubey.Photos supplied, unless noted. It’s hard to ignore the Neve. No, not the Prime Minister’s baby, though Jacinda and Clarke …

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Baritone judged “clear winner” in Wellington Aria

Will King won first prize at the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria on Sunday night, with a baritone performance that blew away the audience, according to adjudicator Richard Greager. Wellington Aria judge Richard Greager with Will King (left) and Sophe Sparrow King, currently in his fourth year of Classical Voice at the New Zealand School …

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Your high five events for Thursday 23 August

Blackouts, living off the grid, wings and beer, feminisms, and many bands you’ve never heard of… these should all be part of “Thor’s day”. The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association invite you to Best Black Out from 9:00am through 5:00pm today: blacking out the university to show your support for the Thursdays in Black …

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Listen to Ray Ahipene-Mercer on the Sweetman Podcast

Ray Ahipene-Mercer is a musician, luthier, conservationist and former Wellington City Councillor. He talked to Simon Sweetman about music, politics, his recent appointment as chair of Orchestra Wellington, and living in Breaker Bay, for Episode 127 of the Sweetman Podcast. As well as maintaining a long-running blog and writing the book On Song, Wellington writer …

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Town Hall deal inked between WCC, NZSO and VUW School of Music

Wellington’s Town Hall moved closer to becoming a centre for civic and cultural events in the city after the signing of a binding Collaboration and Redevelopment Agreement between the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkῑ, and the Wellington City Council. The organisations formally agreed yesterday to redevelop the …

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When Satan rocked the high school social

“Come, come, come to the Sabbat, come to the Sabbat: Satan’s there!” chanted the wildly dancing students. Psychedelic lights swirled and intoxicating rhythms poured from Marshall amps as Timberjack, dubbed “the nation’s most evil band”, brought their black magic rock to the Wellington High School social in 1971. By Mark Cubey It was my first year …

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Phoenix Foundation celebrate 20 years tonight with NZSO gig and collected works

The Phoenix Foundation and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra join forces tonight under the baton of NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, marking 20 years since the popular band was founded in Wellington. The NZSO and The Phoenix Foundation – Celebrate! concert at the Michael Fowler Centre from 7:30pm will also take place over the following days …

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Your high five for Friday 20 July

Rugby, glow worms, symphonic winds, waste dating and comedy are events on offer for your Friday night in Wellington. It’s Super Rugby play-off time as the Hurricanes host the Chiefs in the first of the weekend’s quarter finals, at Investec Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay. Hurricanes captain Brad Shields has declared himself fit after his …

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Your high 5 for Thursday 19 July

Five music-related events happening in Wellington this evening. The exhibition celebrating the music, activism, politics, humour, and self-created careers of the Topp Twins is showing at the National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, until September. This evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, artist Sian Torrington who curated the exhibition will speak on the particular perspective …

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Donation of Flying Nun tapes marks centenary for Turnbull

Original recordings of iconic New Zealand rock music, some in need of urgent preservation, have found a safe home at the Turnbull Library. Flying Nun records master tapes pictured in collection storage at The Alexander Turnbull Library Hundreds of master tapes from music recordings made between 1981 to the mid-2000s for Flying Nun Records have …

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