Mu­sic in the air through­out the year

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ANNE BOVETT

It’s go­ing to be a huge year for mu­sic in Taranaki with many lo­cal groups plan­ning fab­u­lous events to give a packed cal­en­dar.

There’s Les Mis (NPOS), Eli­jah (Ars Nova Choir), Bay of Plenty Mu­sic School, a Con­certo Com­pe­ti­tion, English and French con­certs by Taranaki Sym­phony Orches­tra, great con­certs by Taranaki Youth Orches­tra - and those are just the ones that I am in­volved in. Add to that a busy schedule of con­certs and con­tests by the Devon Ho­tel New Ply­mouth Brass, the Taranaki Jazz Club’s monthly meets, the or­gan recital se­ries, the 4th Wall Theatre pre­sen­ta­tions, a raft of of­fer­ings by the other lo­cal choirs and groups, Wo­mad and no doubt a few events from out of town, and New Ply­mouth’s claim as a cul­tural cen­tre is fully jus­ti­fied.

While the rest of us are just eas­ing back into re­hearsals, the Devon Ho­tel New Ply­mouth Brass has been work­ing hard al­ready, pre­par­ing for its two-hour pro­gramme of light en­ter­tain­ing mu­sic on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 3 at 3pm on the Hatch­ery Lawn as part of the Fes­ti­val of Lights. This con­cert will be the last for a num­ber of out­stand­ing young play­ers who have come through the band’s mu­sic education sys­tem, as they leave for univer­sity or vo­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties. The band has been re­build­ing with new young play­ers com­ing up from the Jay Band, which will be giving its first public per­for­mance with the se­nior band.

The Mu­sic In­no­va­tion Trust of Taranaki will present 22 or­gan recitals and four hymn lec­tures through­out the year by Christo­pher Luke at the Taranaki Cathe­dral Church of St Mary and St Joseph’s Catholic Church. The first recital is at St Joseph’s on Wai­tangi Day, Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 6 at 1pm. Ad­mis­sion is by gold coin. The next is Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 15 at Taranaki In­terim Cathe­dral at 12.15pm. More in­for­ma­tion about the full pro­gramme for the year can be sought by email­ing mitt@tarana­ki­cathe­dral.org.nz

Taranaki Jazz Club’s first show for the year is on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 11 at The May­fair. It fea­tures Welling­ton’s hugely pop­u­lar Danc­ing and Drink­ing So­ci­ety, con­sist­ing of Nils Olsen (clar­inet and sax­o­phone), Daniel Ye­ab­s­ley (sax­o­phone), Mat En­right (vo­cals, trum­pet, gui­tar and har­mon­ica) and Adrian Jensen (banjo, gui­tar and drum). They ap­peal to the young caught up in the swing danc­ing craze sweep­ing the cap­i­tal and older au­di­ences for their reper­toire of New Or­leans style swing, jazz and blues mu­sic. Doors and bar open at 4pm for a 4.30pm start. Ad­mis­sion $25, Jazz club mem­bers $15, stu­dents $4.

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Welling­ton’s Danc­ing and Drink­ing So­ci­ety will be play­ing at the Taranaki Jazz Club on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 11.

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