Queen’s Birthday 2017

Queen's Birthday - Monday 5 June - is Queen Elizabeth II 's official birthday. In New Zealand we have a public holiday on the first Monday in June. Libraries will be closed on Monday 5 June. The Queen's birthday is actually 21 April, when she turned 91. Celebrations are held in the first weeks of June…
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Walton conducts Walton – The 1964 New Zealand Tour – free online New Zealand music

Walton conducts Walton - The 1964 New Zealand Tour features historic performances, recorded by The New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation during Sir William Walton's seven concert New Zealand tour in 1964. The Recording opens with Walton leading God Save the Queen and segues into an impassioned reading of his Violin Concerto. Walton was reportedly 'overjoyed' to be…
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Spark New Zealand Piano Trios – Featuring NZTrio – free online New Zealand music

Spark New Zealand Piano Trios present cutting-edge music for piano trios performed by the brightest new stars in the firmament of New Zealand chamber music: NZTrio. This debut recording of the ensemble features a programme of works they have made their own in concerts throughout New Zealand and overseas. Over the last decade or so, a…
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KidsFest 2017

KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 8 to 22 July. KidsFest is always popular and many events book out quickly, so have a look and book your spot! Tickets are on sale NOW. See KidsFest events at Christchurch City Libraries. Browse the KidsFest website for all KidsFest…
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Prospero Dreaming – New Zealand Guitar Music by Lilburn and Farquhar – free online New Zealand music

Today we present New Zealand Guitar Music by Lilburn and Farquhar - the first comprehensive recorded survey of the guitar music of  these two pre-eminent Kiwi composers. Lilburn’s Seventeen Pieces explore the instrument’s wide-ranging potential, alluding to Spanish idioms, the music of Bach and other influences. The other pieces by Lilburn are taken from his…
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Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music – free online New Zealand music

Today we bring you Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music which won the 2001 Tui for best classical CD at the New Zealand Music Awards. Strike are a high-energy drumming group whose flexible line-up is drawn from among New Zealand's most outstanding percussionists. Founded in 1993, Strike began as a classically-trained percussion ensemble and has evolved…
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The Return of the She Devil

It has been 34 years since readers last heard from Fay Weldon's infamous creation - Ruth Patchett, the ultimate she devil. Now in 2017, Ruth has returned. She is 84 years of age, now a dame, and a president for the institute for gender parity. Her children have (unsurprisingly) not spoken to her for many years…
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Gareth Farr – Warriors From Pluto – free online New Zealand music

Next on the New Zealand Music month playlist is Warriors From Pluto, featuring the NZSO Chamber Orchestra with Marc Taddei, Strike Percussion and Deborah Wai Kapohe performing the music of Gareth Farr. Dynamic, lyrical, percussive and rhythmic, this recording features five works performed by the NZSO Chamber Orchestra with percussion ensemble Strike. The powerful and…
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