14th NZSO/SOUNZ Readings

robin-and-kenneth.JPGOn the 5th and 6th of May I spent two great days in Wellington at the NZSO-SOUNZ Readings. They were held in the Wellington Town Hall and conducted by composer and conductor, Kenneth Young. Over the two days the NZSO rehearsed and recorded music from six composers and each of their works were inspiring and different. I particularly enjoyed listening to the pieces and meeting with other composers and observers from all over New Zealand.

Works performed:

Rakaia – Ryan Youens
Aurum – Simon Eastwood
Parallax – Hermione Johnson
Witch Scarers – Robin Toan
Sketches – Mike Nock
In Saecula Saeculorum – Michael Williams

nzso.JPGI had a great time to discussing music and finding out about the projects other composers were working on. The event concluded with a Open Forum which focused on some of the issues surrounding the programming of New Zealand works in Festivals. I was sad to be on the plane back to Auckland but looking forward to using my newly gained knowledge in future compositions.

Thank you to the NZSO, SOUNZ and Radio New Zealand Concert for supporting this project!

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