violin

By PHILIP CHANDLER Introducing preschooolers and kids up to seven to orchestral music is the aim of three fun, interactive shows in Arrowtown today. ‘Rozzie and the Orchestra’, postponed a year ago due to the Covid lockdown, features Dunedin children’s music...

Album honed by busking

By PHILIP CHANDLER An album released on Friday by a Queenstown ‘folktronica’ duo has been largely honed by feedback from busking on local streets. The duo, Choice — Claire Forrester, from Ireland, and Paul Marcham, from England — originally met in...
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...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Last year was a challenging time for most musicians, as uncertainty reigned supreme and lockdown dulled the senses. But for one violinist, whose CV already listed venues most artists would kill to play, lockdown presented a career highlight...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Talk about rare. Take a 265-year-old violin, which has already survived several plagues prior to Covid-19, a mega-jeweller and a 12-year-old prodigy — representing two generations of their family — and you’ve got a series of concerts, the...

Plucking a rare violin

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's Turn Up the Music school has been gifted a rare German-made violin thought to date from the late 1800s. Auckland-based Natasha Beckman, who handed it over month, says it was played by her Wellington-based great-grandmother in the...
Technical mastery is a given at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2017. Instead, sole Kiwi competitor Benjamin Baker says the winner will be the one who can communicate the music so as to catch the hearts of those listening. Baker,...
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