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 Previous Concerts 


24 March, The Piano

Spirit of the Land

Conductor: Tony Ryan

Weber             Overture Oberon

Smetana         Vltava (The Moldau) & Šárka (from Ma Vlast)

Sibelius           Symphony No. 3


26 November, The Piano

Shall We Dance?

Conductor: Tony Ryan 

Soloist: Rakuto Kurano (Violin)

Suppé               Overture Poet and Peasant

Rodgers           Selection from The King and I  

Elgar                 Chanson de Nuit & Chanson de Matin 

Elgar                 Three Bavarian Dances

Brahms            Three Hungarian Dances

Saint-Saëns     Danse Macabre 

Tchaikovsky     Capriccio Italien


17 September, The Piano


Conductor: Tony Ryan

Soloist: Helen Charlton (Soprano)

Shostakovich          Festive Overture

Copland                  3 Old American Songs

Copland                  Fanfare for the Common Man

Copland                  3 Old American Songs

Barber                     Sure on This Shining Night

Rachmaninov         Vocalise

Shostakovich          Symphony no. 9


25 June, The Piano


Conductor: Tony Ryan 

Soloist: Mark Walton (Saxophone)

Khachaturian     Masquerade

Britten                 Simple Symphony

Ginastera            Danzas del Ballet Estancia

Milhaud               Scaramouche

Benjamin             Jamaican Rumba

Márquez              Danzón no. 2


26 March, The Piano


Conductor: Tony Ryan

Rossini            William Tell Overture

Gounod          Faust Ballet Music

Ponchielli       La Gioconda    Dance of the Hours

Beethoven       Symphony no. 8


4 December, The Piano

A Tuba Comes to Town

Conductor: Tony Ryan 

Soloist: Thomas Allely (Tuba) - Listen to it here

Nicolai         The Merry Wives of Windsor – Overture​

Ryan            Tuba Concerto 

Grieg           Holberg Suite    

Sibelius       Finlandia



25 September, The Piano


Conductor: Tony Ryan

Smetana       The Bartered Bride Overture and Dances

Grieg             Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Britten          Matinées Musicales

The Courtly Dances from Gloriana

Soirées Musicales


26 June, The Piano

Myths and Legends

Conductor: Tony Ryan 

Soloist: Helen Charlton (Soprano)

Prokofiev       Lieutenant Kijé – Symphonic Suite​

                        March from The Love for Three Oranges

Dvořák           Slavonic Dances Op.46, No. 1, 2, 3     

                        Songs my Mother Taught Me from Gypsy Songs

                        Song to the Moon from Rusalka

                        Slavonic Dances Op.72, No. 1, 2, 7



28 November, The Piano

Young Turks

Conductor: Tony Ryan

Soloist: Andrew Robinson

Mozart              Overture – The Abduction from the Seraglio

Mozart              Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major (Turkish)

Hextall              Undercurrents

Sibelius             Valse Triste

Prokofiev          Symphony No. 1 in D Major (Classical)


4 July, The Piano

A Tuba at the Jockey Club

Conductor: Tony Ryan 

Soloist: Helen Charlton (Soprano)

Auber                  Overture to The Bronze Horse

Offenbach          Ah! Quel Diner from La Perichole

                             Le Jugement de Pâris from La Belle Hélène

Ryan                    Linwood March

Sousa                  Stars and Stripes Forever

Massenet           Va! Laisse Couler mes Larmes from Werther

                             Symphonie - Prelude to Act IV of Werther

                             Pleurez! mes Yeux! from Le Cid

                             Ballet Music from Le Cid


18 April, Rangiora Town Hall

Song and Dance

Conductor: Helen Renaud

Soloist: Cornelia Didenco

Praetorius        Five Dances from Terpsichore

Piazzolla           Oblivion

Arnold               English Dances, Set 2 Op. 33

Bartok               Romanian Dances

Mozart              Symphony no. 40

Holst                 Two Songs without Words


29 November, The Piano

Heroes and Anti-Heroes

Conductor: Tony Ryan 

Soloists: Helen Charlton (Soprano), Ben Freeth (Narrator and Singer) Thomas Bedggood (Violin)

Beethoven             Egmont – Overture and Incidental Music

Ryan                        Don Quixote

Ryan                        It’s Christmas Here As well

Khachaturian        Violin Concerto in D minor

Khachaturian        Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus

Khachaturian        Waltz from Masquerade 


20 September, The Piano

New Frontiers

Conductor: Helen Renaud

Leonard Bernstein        Three Symphonic Dances from On the Town

Samuel Barber               Adagio for Strings

Antonin Dvořák              American Suite

Aaron Copland               Appalachian Spring

Leroy Anderson              The Typewriter


23 July, The Piano


Conductor: Tony Ryan 

Soloists: Helen Charlton (Soprano), Cornelia Didenco (Violin), Janet Cubey (Cello)

Rossini            Overture: The Barber of Seville

Schubert        Symphony No. 6 (The Little C Major)

Ryan                Lockdown March

Beethoven     Two Songs from Incidental Music to Egmont

Massenet       Méditation from Thaïs 

                         The Last Sleep of the Virgin

Schubert         Scherzo from Symphony No. 9 in C Major (The Great)


1 December, The Gaiety, Akaroa

Fairly French

Conductor: Helen Renaud

Soloists: Cornelia Didenco (Violin), Janet Cubey (Cello)

Hérold            Overture to Zampa

Dvořák            Romance for Violin and Orchestra

Gounod          Funeral March of a Marionette 

Bloch               Prayer from From Jewish Life

Saint-Saëns    Suite Algérienne

Chabrier         Suite Pastorale 


15 September, St Andrew's College Chapel

Calm and Storm

Conductor: Helen Renaud 

Soloist: Malcolm Leitch (Bass-baritone)

Glinka                  Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture

Rachmaninov     Aleko's Cavatina

Strauss                Serenade for Winds

Smetana             Wallenstein’s Camp

Beethoven          Symphony 6 (Pastoral)


30 June, The Piano

Bach, Bolero and Bernstein

Conductor: Tony Ryan

Soloists: Cathy Irons and Fiona Pears (Violin)

Bernstein        Overture to Candide

Bach                 Double Violin Concerto 

Ravel                Bolero

Ryan                 Waltz Bacchanal

Dvorak             Symphony no. 8 


24 February, Christchurch Town Hall Open Day

Conductor: Tony Ryan 

Bizet                   Carmen Overture

Sibelius              Karelia Suite

Beethoven        Turkish March

von Suppé         Light Cavalry Overture

Brahms              Hungarian Dance No. 1

Tchaikovsky      Polichinelles from The Nutcracker

Prokofiev           Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet


25 November, The Gaiety, Akaroa

The French Connection

Conductor: Tony Ryan

Soloist: Cathy Irons (Violin)

von Suppé                 Overture – Light Cavalry

Vaughan Williams    The Lark Ascending

Fauré                          Pavane

Sarasate                    Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)

Bizet                           Symphony in C

de Falla                      The Three-Cornered Hat


23 September, The Piano

River Notes

Conductor: Helen Renaud

Soloists: Yumeka Hildreth (Soprano) 

Alex Robinson (Baritone)

von Suppé            Light Cavalry Overture

Butterworth         The Banks of Green Willow

Frank Bridge        Norse Legend

Stanford                Irish Rhapsody No 1

Rosa Elliot             What have you done to your rivers?

Khachaturian        Masquerade Suite


20 May, The Piano

Suite Treats

Conductor: Tony Ryan

Rossini              Overture to La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie)

Schubert          Symphony No 6 in C major (The Little Symphony in C)

Sibelius             Karelia Suite

Shostakovich   Jazz Suite No 2 (Suite for Variety Orchestra)


3 December, The Piano

Summer Premiere

Conductor: Anthony Ferner

Soloist: Cathy Irons (Violin)

Mozart                Cosi fan Tutte Overture

Haydn                 Symphony No 103 in E flat major

John Emeleus    Concertino for Violin and Orchestra

Bartok                 Hungarian Pictures


27 September, The Piano

Spring Fantasies

Conductor: Helen Renaud

Haydn        Armida Overture

Honegger   Pastoral d'Ete

Dvorak        Czech Suite Op. 39

Schubert     Symphony No 8 in B minor (Unfinished)

Brahms       Hungarian Dance No 1


25 June, The Piano

Mozart and Beyond

Conductor: Patrick Shepherd

Mozart            La Clemenza di Tito – Overture

Delius              On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring;

                         Summer Night on the River

Mozart            Symphony No 35, Haffner

Boyce              Symphony VIII

Rossini            Soirees Musicales

Tchaikovsky    Nutcracker Suite – Danse Russe Trepak


4 December, The Piano

Christmas Moments

Conductor: Mark Hodgkinson

Soloist: Margot Button (Mezzo Soprano)

Corelli                   Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No 8 (Christmas Concerto)

Massenet             Ave Maria from Thais

Hindemith           Tuttifäntchen

Respighi               L'adorazione dei Magi (from Trittico Botticelliano)

Irish (Trad)           The Wexford Carol

Philip Norman    A Christmas Carol


16 September, St Michael & All Angels Church

Conductor: Anthony Ferner

Soloist: Jennifer Johnson (Oboe)

Debussy                      Petite Suite en Bateau

Dvorak                         Serenade for Winds Op. 44

Purcell                          The Virtuous Wife

Ennio Morricone        Gabriel's Oboe (from The Mission)

Piazzolla                      Oblivion

Bizet                             Symphony No 1 in C


2 July, St Michael & All Angels Church

Classics and Dances

Conductor: Beth Cohen

Soloists: Cathy Irons (Violin)

Margot Button (Mezzo Soprano)

Mozart                                    Overture from The Impresario K 486

Rameau                                  Ballet Suite

Britten                                    Five Courtly Dances from Gloriana

Sarasate                                 Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op. 20

Richard Rodney Bennett     A Little Suite

Beethoven                             Symphony No 4 Op. 60


26 March, St Michael & All Angels Church

Quail Dancing in a Central Landscape

Conductor: Philip Norman

Soloist: Eleanor Sim (Soprano)

Eve de Castro Robinson     Other Echoes,1999

Te Heu Heu                           Whalers of the Deep, Deep Sea,  c.1857

Baron de Thierry                  The Waitemata Polka, c.1859

Woods                                   God Defend Our National Anthem,1876

Alfred Hill                              Symphony No 1 in Bb, c.1892-1898

Douglas Lilburn                   Drysdale Overture, 1937

Gillian Whitehead                Central Landscapes, 2012

Tony Ryan                              Haka!, 1997


5 April, St Michael & All Angels Church

Conductor: Mark Hodgkinson

Soloist: Thomas Eves (Trumpet)

Schubert              Overture in the Italian Style

Saint-Saëns         A Night in Lisbon

Ibert                     Homage to Mozart (Rondo)

Riisager                Concertino for Trumpet and Strings

Schubert              Symphony No 2 in Bb


5 September 2013 7:30pm

Heaton Intermediate School Performing Arts Centre

Conductor: Mark Hodgkinson

Soloist: Cathy Irons (Violin)

Bartok                  Rumanian Folk Dances

John Ritchie         Pisces (Partita Concertante for solo violin)

Wagner                Siegfried Idyll

Beethoven           Symphony No 1 in C, Op. 21


29 November, St Augustine's Church

Conductor: Mark Hodgkinson

Soloists: Cathy Irons (violin), Bruce Roberts (Trumpet)

Jacqueline Kotula (Oboe), Alannah Jeune (Recorder)

Barry Brinson (Harpsichord), Hugo Zanker (Cello continuo)

Cimarosa               Overture – Il Matrimonio Segreto

Bach                       Brandenburg Concerto No 2

Lilburn                   Concert Overture in D

Gounod                  Petite Symphonie

Mozart                    Symphony No 31

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