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SOUNZ COVID – 19 update

There’s no doubt that the world we live in has changed dramatically, and like many members of the arts community we feel the uncertainty of these difficult times. But it’s important to know that help is available. Below you will find support services and opportunities...

New to SOUNZ March 2020

New ComposersNoel Rawiri WoodsDavid MasonGerald GintherRuby SollyAnonymouzNew AlbumsUnwind | SaffronDireen, Williams, Contag | FerociousClick here to see all albums in reverse chronological orderNew ScoresRichard Bolley: Flights (Travels with Alex 1)Glen Downie:...

SOUNZ Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop | April 2020

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music | Toi Te Arapūoru will be hosting a Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop in Wellington.  Date: Saturday, 4 April 2020 Time: 9am – 6.30pm Venue: Te Haukainga, Level 1, 274-278 Taranaki Street, Wellington Cost per participant...

Meet the Team | Kelly Mata

In our Meet the Team series we invite you to sit down and learn more about each SOUNZ staff member. Today we introduce Kelly Mata.  Kelly has joined the SOUNZ whanau through the New Zealand Music Commission's intern programme. Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra, Tihei Kahungunu...

SOUNZ and Westlake Community Project 2020

A collaboration between Westlake Symphony Orchestra and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music The Westlake Symphony Orchestra is an accomplished school orchestra conducted by David Squire. The aim of this project is to encourage New Zealand composers at all career stages...
Land | Whenua

Programme In Turanga-nui Gillian Whitehead considers the landfall of Cook in 1769, and of Māori centuries earlier, the feeling of finally standing on dry land after a long journey, and the danger of the inevitable collision of the two cultures. Ben...

Depths | Hōhonu

Programme In this programme, we journey to the depths of the sea. The first two works, Puhake ki te Rangi (Spouting to the Skies) by Gillian Whitehead, and Tohoraha by Tristan Carter, are celebrations of whales and their song. The final work, Ross Harris’s The Abiding...

Meet composer Ruby Solly

In this series, we present our new composers. We are proud to introduce Ruby Solly. Please tell us about yourself and what you do. Kia ora! I'm Ruby Solly, or you might have seen my name as Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly which is my full name. Sometimes I use this so that I...

Composer spaces| John Psathas

In our Composer Spaces series, we ask composers to share a bit about their working environment and to give us a brief insight into their process. This week we present composer, John Psathas. What does a typical composing day look like for you? Please describe your...


Programme Natalie Hunt’s evocative Only to the Highest Mountain introduces this programme, followed by Gao Ping’s The Mountain which is inspired by the culture and folk stories of Sichuan, the composer’s birthplace. We finish with Gareth Farr’s Roar of a Thousand...


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