It’s been a while since I had a local cultural experience to blog about, but my Significant Other’s birthday provided the perfect excuse to head along to the Wanganui Opera House and hear the New Zealand Air Force band in concert, performing music from, and inspired by, the stage and screen.
Continue reading “Local Culture: The Air Force in Concert at the Whanganui Opera House”
This short orchestral work was composed by George Butterworth (1885-1916) in 1913, and has become the best-known and most widely-performed of his small output. It’s a charming little work in the English Romantic tradition which is based on a number of folk songs, most notably a less-than-charming tale of a country lass who falls in love with a sailor, becomes pregnant and runs away to sea with him only to suffer a difficult labour. Dying, she asks her lover to throw her and the baby overboard, where they both perish. Continue reading “Treasure Trove: The Banks of Green Willow, by George Butterworth”
The Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite is a delightful duet for clarinet accompanied by harp or piano which was composed in 1987 by Paul Reade (1943-1997). Continue reading “Treasure Trove: The Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite”
I will sing to the Lord all my life
I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.
– Psalm 104:33
Last night in Wanganui the Friends of Christ Church Organ gave Wanganui locals a chance to do precisely that. Continue reading “Hymn Fest”