2021 NZ Composer Sessions | Ngā Huihuinga Hāpai i ngā Kaitoko o Aotearoa
in association with the NZSO, RNZ Concert and SOUNZ

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music is proud to announce the selection for the latest NZ Composer Sessions. Eight New Zealand composers’ works will be rehearsed and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and recorded by RNZ Concert in September:

Chris Cree Brown: Double Violin Concerto (mvt I)
Linda Dallimore: Here Goes
Simon Eastwood: Quanta
Karlo Margetic: An Axe for the Frozen Sea
Celeste Oram: a loose affiliation of alleluias
Micah Thompson: Song
Louise Webster: Falling brittle on the wing

For the fifth time, another orchestral work is added to the Resound Studio collection:
Penny Axtens’ Part the First will be recorded alongside the selection of new works.

“We are again delighted to announce another strong selection for NZ Composer Sessions, which enables us to bring NZ music to a larger audience.  In a year that has been so disrupted for our music sector, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to have another set of high-quality recordings of contemporary NZ music, created with the support and generosity of our partners NZSO and RNZ Concert.” Says SOUNZ Executive Director Diana Marsh.

A panel made up of representatives of the NZSO, RNZ Concert and the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) selected the works to be recorded.

Chris Cree Brown, from Christchurch, whose work was selected to be recorded said, “I’m thrilled to have the first movement of the Double Violin Concerto chosen to be played and recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.  It always is so rewarding for music to come off the page, and particularly when it is performed by such excellent musicians. I am eager to hear the Movement, and keen to hear the work of the other composers participating in the 2021 NZ Composers sessions.”

SOUNZ, NZSO and RNZ Concert are committed to following Ministry of Health guidelines if New Zealand is still under a COVID-19 Alert Level. If the Alert level allows for it, the 2021 recordings will take place in September/October at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, including a concert for invited guests to promote the works to a range of orchestras and broadcasters.

NZ Composer Sessions offers an opportunity to have orchestral compositions workshopped and performed by a professional orchestra, to be recorded in a professional setting and promoted to presenters. So far 158 works by 74 NZ composers have been recorded.

Celeste Oram’s work will be also recorded: “The sheer time, effort, and labour that goes into making an orchestral piece is considerable – and so it’s a great joy and privilege for that effort to be documented in a studio-quality recording, where there’s the time and environment to really get things right and make a piece sparkle. What’s more, composing for orchestra is always somewhat hypothetical, in that you’re trying to imagine how the sounds will turn out, but often the result surprises you… so, the opportunity to revise and refine a work after its premiere is essential to making exploratory, innovative orchestral work of high quality.” 

You can browse composers and listen to past recordings on SOUNZ’s and RNZ Concert’s websites: