Len Lye works in­spi­ra­tional

North Taranaki Midweek - - MEANWHILE, OUTSIDE AUCKLAND - ANNE BOVETT

Top New Zealand clas­si­cal gui­tarist and com­poser Bruce Paine re­turns to New Ply­mouth on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 18 to per­form at the 4th Wall The­atre at 7.30pm. Bruce was a guest artist at the 2016 Taranaki Clas­si­cal Guitar Sum­mer School and his per­for­mance sold out.

As a com­poser he has links with New Ply­mouth. While re­search­ing for a song-writ­ing project com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th anniversary of Gal­lipoli, he found a pho­to­graph on the Puke Ariki Mu­seum web page that in­cluded his great-un­cle, one of the thou­sands lost on the first day land­ing. Words from a sur­viv­ing post­card sent home from Cairo be­came the lyrics of his song Dear Mother .He has also writ­ten a piece for the New Zealand Guitar Quar­tet in­spired by the ki­netic sculp­tures of Len Lye, which he saw on the fore­shore and in the Len Lye Cen­tre. The pre­miere per­for­mance of that work is due to take place dur­ing the Taranaki Clas­si­cal Guitar Sum­mer School in Jan­uary 2018.

His solo guitar con­cert will fea­ture sev­eral of his best known pieces - Finchdean, Cir­cle Dance and New Zealand Suite - along­side works by in­ter­na­tional com­posers. In­quiries for book­ings to Do­minique Blatti do­minique­blatti@gmail.com.

Also on Oc­to­ber 18 is the Great Taranaki Ukulele Marimba Fes­ti­val at the TSB sta­dium. There will be 180 chil­dren play­ing ukulele, 40 marimba play­ers and two choirs in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal band The Blis­tered Fin­gers. Over the last two terms, chil­dren from six schools, Omata, Woodleigh, St John Bosco, Vo­gel­town, Wel­bourn and St Joseph Waitara, have learnt a se­lec­tion of Bea­tle songs and are ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the chance to per­form with the band for an au­di­ence. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tick­ets are $10, avail­able from school of­fices men­tioned above or Mu­sic­works.

The next Lunchtime Or­gan Recital is on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 19 at Taranaki In­terim Cathe­dral at 12.15pm. Ad­mis­sion by gold coin do­na­tion.

It’s time to start plan­ning your vis­its for the Gar­den Spec­tac­u­lar. Once again, Taranaki Sym­phony Orches­tra will be pro­vid­ing Gar­den Treats at Tu­pare on Satur­day 28 and Sun­day 29 Oc­to­ber from 9.30am - 4pm. Small en­sem­bles, and even a string orches­tra, will per­form while you take a break and en­joy a cuppa and de­li­cious home bak­ing.

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Clas­si­cal gui­tarist Bruce Paine is pop­u­lar with New Ply­mouth au­di­ences.

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