2012 Symphony Workshop

Chilton Saint James and St. Orans College. Lower Hutt
Friday to Sunday, 7th - 9th September

Orchestral director: Brent Stewart; Choir director: Andrew Withington
Soloists: soprano Janey Mackenzie, alto Annabelle Cheetham,
                   tenor Cameron Barclay, and bass Roger Wilson, 


As a first for HVO, the Symphony Workshop weekend included a Choral Workshop. The chosen work was Beethoven's mighty Symphony no 9 - the Choral Symphony.  The Orchestra and Choir rehearsed separately with sectional  tutoring on the Saturday.  On the Sunday, the massed forces came together and the result of the tutoring from the singers and  NZSO players was a thrilling finale performance Sunday afternoon. Players and singers from around the Wellington region and as far afield as Christchurch and Auckland came to be part of this experience.

Photos from the weekend.

I love Beethoven - B8HVN  Brent achieved a personal ambition and the T-shirt says it all:
 "I love B8HVN "

ChoirThe Choir with wind players to the side.


The Choir in full voice.

The workshop proved a particular hit with cellists as a record number of seventeen registered..

Timpani and brass.
Good audience

An appreciative audience enjoyed the performance on Sunday afternoon. 

The soloists and music directors at the end. After this exciting music-making weekend, musicians were already looking forward to the Workshop 2013.
Our thanks to support from the Winton and Margaret Bear Trust.
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Higher resolution photos (14 at 1600x1200) are available on-line in a Picasa Album.