Balloon watching the practice

Proms 2016   

St James Church, Lower Hutt.  Saturday, 19 Nov.

Conductor Brent Stewart

This concert was enjoyed by a large audience despite the recent Kaikoura earthquake. In the first half we played three movements from Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony.  A highlight was the moving horn solo played by Caryl Stannard.  The Imperial March from Star Wars set the scene for a completely different second half.  Following the beautiful Donzettie aria sung by Pasquale Orchard, there was enthusiastic audience participation in the proms favourites such as the Fantasia on British Sea Songs.  The concert concluded with Arturo Marquez Danzon no 2 with piano soloist Thomas Nikora.  The rhythmic qualities of this Brazilian piece made it an apt final piece for Brent Stewart.  But there was one more surprise piece for Brent to conduct as he was farewelled after 10 years with HVO. The orchestra gradually departed from the stage as Pasquale sang "So Long Farewell" from The Sound of Music arranged by Lynne Scott.

All set for a proms concert

Tchaikovsky opens the concert
Brent Stewart conducting Tchaikovsky  Symphony No. 5
Brent Stewart conducting Tchaikovsky

During the intermission, it was out of black and into red-white-blue motley .

Proms away
 The brass section came into its own with the Imperial March.  
Pasquale Orchard
Soloist Pasquale Orchard enthralled the audience
Brent's Presentation Farewell to Brent
 Brent's farewell presentation  and the orchestra departs as he waves them goodbye...