Af­ter the fes­ti­val the mu­sic con­tin­ues


The fes­ti­val is over, the Crys­tal Palace is all packed up and off to its next des­ti­na­tion, but the mu­sic con­tin­ues, be­cause there is al­ways some­thing go­ing on in New Ply­mouth.

Seven lo­cal choirs come to­gether to present Singfest on Sun­day, Septem­ber 17 at 2pm at St An­drew’s Church. Taranaki Male Choir, Liv­ing Har­mony, Maida Vale Golden Tal­ent, Taranaki Har­mony Cho­rus, Ars Nova, City Sounds and the Madri­gal Com­panie will each present a bracket of songs, in­tro­duced by MC Kevin Koch. Ad­mis­sion is only $10 and that in­cludes a raf­fle ticket for a gar­den­ing pack­age (so if you win that you can go home and plant some­thing, if the weather picks up).

The Na­tional Youth Pipe Band is vis­it­ing the re­gion and will give a con­cert on Sun­day Septem­ber 24 at St An­drew’s Church at 2pm. This very tal­ented group have twice won their grade at the Aus­tralian Pipe Band cham­pi­onships, and have also toured North Amer­ica play­ing in many dif­fer­ent venues, in­clud­ing Dis­ney­land. The con­cert also fea­tures singer Dave Ritchie Smith and an en­sem­ble with Scot­tish small pipes and Celtic harp. Whether Scot­tish or Sasse­nach, who can fail to be moved by the sound of the pipes and drums, the ri­otous reels and the wist­ful Celtic tunes? (I think it’s safe to use the term ‘‘Sasse­nach’’ - it used to have a slightly deroga­tory edge around the Bor­ders, but the way Jamie Fraser says it on the Out­lander se­ries makes it a much more ap­peal­ing and com­pli­men­tary term.) In any case, just like the Royal Ste­wart tar­tan, Scot­tish mu­sic is for ev­ery­one. Ad­mis­sion is $15 adult, chil­dren free. Door sales only.

Cham­ber Mu­sic New Zealand’s fi­nal con­cert of the sea­son is some­thing very spe­cial: the young, out­stand­ingly tal­ented Imani Winds. The en­sem­ble, which in­cludes flute, oboe, clar­inet, horn and bas­soon, was formed in 1997 by flutist Valerie Cole­man who set out to gather to­gether some of the best AfricanAmer­i­can wood­wind play­ers around. Imani means ‘‘faith’’ in Swahili. Their mis­sion is to use col­lab­o­ra­tion, out­reach and new com­mis­sions to bridge di­verse mu­si­cal tra­di­tions, in­clud­ing mu­sic from Amer­ica, Latin Amer­i­can and Africa. Rim­skyKor­sakov, Pi­az­zolla and Ravel are com­ple­mented by flam­boy­ant, genre-dis­rupt­ing and en­ter­tain­ing pieces by less well-known Latin com­posers, as well a new work by New Zealand’s very own Natalie Hunt. See this spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 2 at 7.30pm at the The­atre Royal.

Christo­pher Luke’s next lunchtime or­gan recital is on Thurs­day Septem­ber 21 at 12.15pm at Taranaki In­terim Cathe­dral.

Look­ing ahead: Taranaki Jazz Club presents Welling­ton group Black Spi­der Stomp on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1.


The Crys­tal Palace was a pop­u­lar venue for mu­si­cal items.

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