Andrew Atkins to play at the Globe Theatre.
For two decades, monthly Sunday afternoon concerts have been a celebrated part of Manawatu’s live classical music scene. This year things are changing. Convenor, Guy Donaldson says the popularity of programmes in Te Manawa Art Gallery meant that audience numbers often exceeded the available space.
From this Sunday, February 21, the series moves next door to the Globe Theatre which can accommodate 200 patrons in tiered seating, with Steinway available.
‘‘The first performer in the series is Andrew Atkins, who I am proud to say is a former student of mine,’’ Guy says.The fifth year NZSM student is completing an MMA in Classical Performance Piano, studying under Jian Liu and Richard Mapp. In 2013 Andrew performed Beethoven’s second piano concert with the Manawatu Sinfonia. and gave a solo recital in the Lewis Eady Emerging Artist’s concert series.
The same year he was one of 16 semi-finalists in the inaugural Wallace National Piano competition adjudicated by Michael Houston.
He then won the Expressions Grand Piano Trust Prize for the NZSM’s best returning second-year performance student of classical piano.
The primary conductor of the Tawa Orchestra since 2014 Andrew has won the Rere Beckway Pianoforte Performance award and the Postgraduate Scholarship in Classical Piano Performance.
On Sunday, Andrew performs Haydn’s Sonata, Six-Intermezzi by Brahms, and Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata in C major.
Entry to the 2.30pm performance is by koha.
Opening act for the re-venued and renamed classical Sunday afternoon concert series, is home-grown pianist Andrew Atkins.