Sunday 12th May 2019 Concert – “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em !”

“Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!” (Mother’s Day).

Family talent with several mother and son/daughter combinations (including families with 3 generations) from the Clevedon and surrounding districts. On the programme were: Sarah McDowall (Walker) with daughter Maddie and mother, Lynda;Helen Jarrett with Mum Robyn, and grandmother Helen Lane; Kay Shacklock with sons Tim and Stuart; Gina Sanders with son Josh Helm; Daveena Smith with son Isaac and daughter Carmen.  It was a great way to celebrate this special day, with beautiful music and poetry across the generations in the heart of the Clevedon Village at Clevedon Presbyterian (St Andrews) at 1.30pm and it concluded at 2.30pm with a complimentary Afternoon Tea. Admission/exit by donation.

17 March 2019 Concert – “Scenes of Green”

“Scenes of Green” (St Patrick’s Day) with Yid-Ee (violin) and Lisa Chou (piano). The Young Performer in this concert was Libby Montgomery, winner of the inaugural NZ Singing School Sacred Solo Award.

The programme included some great Irish music along with well known works by the great composers, Handel and Mozart.

Half of the proceeds were donated to the Christchurch Mosque Survivors Fund.

Lisa Chou

Born in Taiwan, Lisa immigrated with her family to Auckland in 1995.

Under the guidance of Associate Professor Rae de Lisle, Lisa completed Masters in Performance with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland.

Previous notable teachers include Qu Yong, Carol Bognuda and Ashley Brown.

As a solo pianist, cellist and chamber musician, Lisa received numerous prizes and scholarships, notably the Kerikeri International Piano Competition and NZCT Chamber Music Contest
National Finals as a cellist in the winning piano quartet.

Lisa pursued further studies in Vienna from 2009, where she lived, studied and worked as a performing musician for over six years. During this time, she had the privilege of learning privately
from acclaimed pianist and scholar Paul Badura Skoda .

Mentionable masterclass participations include Christopher Hinterhuber, Alexander Melnikov, Maria Kliegel and Julian Lloyd Webber.

Lisa is a dedicated music educator and has a private teaching studio in Greenlane. She is regularly invited as an adjudicator for piano & instrumental competitions nationwide.

Yid-Ee Goh

Singaporean born Yid-Ee Goh is former Concertmaster of Orchestra Wellington (formerly Vector Wellington Orchestra), violinist for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand String Quartet.

In 2004, Yid-Ee helped setup and run The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre for children with special needs  In 2008, he taught violin and viola at St. Cuthbert’s College, Diocesan Girls School and Westlake Girls High School and tutored violin and chamber music at the University of Auckland.

Yid-Ee now runs his teaching studio at his home in Golflands, Howick and teaches violin and viola at Pakuranga College and Botany Downs Secondary School. He regularly appears as Concertmaster with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.

"Young People Today"

7 October 2018 Concert – “Young People Today”

Featuring some of the region’s exceptional young performers who are set to be leading exponents in their chosen instrument – piano, voice, violoncello, harp and clarinet – with Sophia Liu, Ethan Chiao, Daniel Xian, Tiari Kaka, Oliver Vannoort, Martin Moattar, Esther Philip, Harrison Chau & Crissy Sanders.

A beautiful programme of solo and ensemble music from the early great classical composers to Musicals and modern works.

Who can forget this beautiful duet from “Two’s Company” ?

Sunday 9 September Concert

– Music in the News –

2.30 pm at St Benedict’s Church, Newton, Auckland

This first major concert of the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust has an international focus with over 65 musicians making up the orchestra, choir and soloists from New Zealand and Europe and also showcases some high quality Auckland talent with Gina Sanders (Soprano) Peter Reid (Trumpet) Paul Chan (Organ), Yid-Ee Goh (Concertmaster), Peter Watts (Musical Director) and Lara St John (Violin).

Music in the NEWS

This concert was be the New Zealand, (and Southern Hemisphere) Premiere of Vladimir Romanov’s Stabat Mater (see below).

As per longstanding tradition, the performance was in Latin, with a translation in the programme.

Vladimir Romanov

Russian – German composer and pianist Vladimir Romanov was born in Moscow in 1964. After his studies at the Moscow Conservatory, Vladimir continued to work as a composer and pianist all over Europe. As a soloist he played in numerous European concert halls and taught composition and piano at the Kärnter Music Conservatory in Klagenfurt, Austria for several years until composition became his main focus.

 The premiere of his Stabat Mater (composed in 2013) for Soprano, Solo violin, Choir and Orchestra was performed at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart on the 6 the of April 2014. It’s over an hour long and consists of 14 parts.

 One of the press reviews of the organisation of concert choirs wrote:

” The old Latin verses were only the background for the pain of all mothers who lost their children through the violence of the crusade through Syria and South Asia. The Soprano has the task to portray the mental aspect of the suffering and dying, despair and trust, curse and salvation while the Violin expresses pain, rage, despair and surrender.”

 The winner of numerous prizes and awards, Vladimir Romanov composes in a contemporary style, enjoying a wide number of influences from Bach to Korngold.

"Songs My Mother Taught Me"

19 August 2018 Concert – “Pastorale”

This was the third concert of our inaugural series. Portraying the beauty of Nature through music. Featuring one of New Zealand’s top clarinetists, Donald Nicholls, with exciting new talent, Rachael Xie (Harp) with Gina Sanders (Soprano) and Kay Shacklock (piano).

"Two's Company"

1 July 2018 Concert – “Two’s Company”

This was the second concert of our inaugural series. Held on Sunday 1 July 2018. Featuring some of the region’s top young performers in voice, violoncello, piano accordion, double bass and guitar and Kay Shacklock (piano).

It also featured a delightful duet by Charlotte McDonald and Mary Laing singing the famous Barcarolle (Offenbach) accompanied by Kay Shacklock (Piano) and Josh Helm (Cello).

"Songs My Mother Taught Me"

13 May 2018 Concert – “Songs My Mother Taught Me”

This was the first concert of our inaugural series. Held on Mother’s Day 2018. Featuring one of New Zealand’s top trumpeters, Peter Reid, with Gina Sanders (soprano),  Josh Helm, (violoncello) and Kay Shacklock (piano).

It also featured a delightful performance by Martin Moattar, boy soprano, singing  Panis Angelicus, and Gina singing the glorious “Let the Bright Seraphim”