Programme | Hōtaka
Guest curator: Promethean Editions
This concert celebrates some of the magnificent works published by Promethean Editions that incorporate words from New Zealand poets.
First up is the winner of the 2007 SOUNZ Contemporary Award, Eve De Castro-Robinson’s These Arms to Hold You for children’s choir and orchestra. Commissioned by the Royal Plunket Society, These Arms to Hold You features the work of the esteemed Bill Manhire, who provided text for the choir, with excerpts taken from actual Plunket books heard alongside Manhire’s own prose.
Manhire also features in our second selection, Gareth Farr‘s Ornithological Anecdotes for baritone and piano, which features a setting of Manhire’s four poems about New Zealand birds.
For his expansive fourth symphony, Anthony Ritchie incorporates poems by Bernadette Hall, set for soprano voice.
Eve De Castro-Robinson: These Arms to Hold You
Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with the Lyrica Choir of Kelburn School directed by Nicola Edgecombe and conductor Kenneth Young
Gareth Farr: Ornithological Anecdotes
Performed by Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone) and James Baillieu (piano) at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton
Anthony Ritchie: Symphony No. 4
Performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Jenny Wollerman (soprano), and conducted by Tom Woods at the Wigram Air Force Museum in Christchurch.
Approximate running time | Te roa: 74 minutes