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By PHILIP CHANDLER The baton’s been passed on at Queenstown’s music school. Sarah Lyttle is the first general manager of the Turn Up The Music Trust, replacing administrator Sue Marshall, who’s now become a trustee. Lyttle — a Queenstown Jazz Orchestra saxophonist...
Queenstown’s cultural scene only improved when world-leading Celtic harpist Kate Targett-Adams settled here last year. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to her about why she decided to move here, how she got into playing the harp and the many other strings...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Teaching by Skype or Zoom became all the rage during lockdown this year. But for a Queenstown-based piano and vocal teacher, eight of whose local students perform in a recital this Sunday, that’s old hat. Chaz Barcenilla moved permanently...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s hosting New Zealand’s greatest ever pianist at his Lodge at The Hills next Thursday. Michael Houstoun, a distinguished professional musician for almost 50 years, performs just 16 days after the same venue thrilled to...
By MATTHEW MCKEW You wait for one and three come along at once. No, not a bus, but a music tour in its third year celebrating and exploring New Zealand’s on-and-off love affair with public transport. Anthonie Tonnon’s bringing Rail Land to Arrowtown,...

Gigs galore for a good cause

By PHILIP CHANDLER A mini music festival’s running throughout the Wakatipu next week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. Creative Queenstown’s presenting nine performances under the banner, ‘Listen Up, Wakatipu!’, featuring the cream of local entertainers. Starting this coming Monday, the likes of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A new Queenstown Music Festival will replace next year’s 11th edition of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Sponsored by Arrowtown jeweller Sir Michael Hill’s family, the world-renowned contest’s run every two years since 2001, with Queenstown hosting the...

Playing piano from the heart

Piano teacher Kinga Krupa talks to writer Neville Idour about learning piano in post-communist Poland and how she re-found her passion for performing Polish-born classical pianist Kinga Krupa has lived in Queenstown for just two years but has already stamped...
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