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.