Music in the air throughout the year
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Wellington’s Dancing and Drinking Society will be playing at the Taranaki Jazz Club on Sunday, February 11.