Coming Performances 2016

Look out for performances of Shadows cross the water and other pieces in Berlin in mid-September.

Concert, Wednesday 14.9.2016, 19:00

Stamic Quartet, Vilém Veverka, oboe, Patricia Goodson, piano

Music by Gillian Whitehead, Gustav Mahler, Bohuslav Martinu

Czech Embassy in Berlin

Wilhelmstraße44, 10117 Berlin

Admission by invitation only. For further information, please contact Marcela Jakubska,

A short excerpt from the opera Kia Tu Tonu, based on the events at Parihaka in the 1880s, with a text devised by Gaylene Preston and Ruakere Hond, will be performed in Wellington by Nota Bene conducted by Peter Walls on October 1st.

Poroporoaki is included in the New Zealand String Quartet's 'Heartland Classics' tour in August, with performances in Porirua (3rd), Martinborough (6th), Rotorua (10th), Invercargill (19th) and Blenheim (21st).

New Pieces 2016

Six new pieces, performed in the last two years, have been added to the website - E Haki, Poroporoaki, Shadows cross the water, Three Sephardic songs, Kaba Nan Baru, Iris Dreaming.

Iris Dreaming

A one-woman opera with a text by Fleur Adcock is based on the life of Iris Wilkinson, aka Robin Hyde, the New Zealand journalist, novelist and poet who was active in the 1920s and 1930s. It receives its first performances in the Grimeborn Festival, at the Arcola Theatre in London on August 23 and 24, 2016,

Album review: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Town Hall

By William Dart, , 5:00 AM Saturday May 7, 2016

How good to revisit Gillian Whitehead's the improbable ordered dance, premiered by the (Auckland Philharmonia) orchestra 15 years ago. Giordano Bellincampi invested it with the same immaculate tonal moulding he gave to Ligeti last month, unlocking a universe of colour, framed by the whispering chatter of rainsticks. Early on, vibrant for anglais, doubled by stratospheric violin induced goosebumps that never went away. There was a palpable Pacific consciousness here, with an almost seismic climax mediated by stirring, lyrical strings and the composer's (and players') exquisitely sculpted blooms for woodwind and brass.