Music Alive for Tuesday 18 August 2015
Some old favourites—and a new commission—featured in this concert for innovative Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene. This concert was a double celebration for the choir—its 10th anniversary, and the launch of its first CD.
For this concert, Nota Bene invited back former members to join with current singers, bringing the choir up to 40 in number. Nota Bene was also joined by special guest, former Radio NZ presenter Geoff Robinson, who toured with the choir for its theatrical Sentimental Journey series. Guest conductors Peter de Blois and Julian Raphael shared the conducting honours with Christine Argyle, joined by pianist Emma Sayers and bassoonist Penny Miles.
Nota Bene has always had a strong commitment to performing New Zealand music, with several composers writing specially for the choir. To mark its 10th anniversary, the choir commissioned a work from noted choral composer David Hamilton. With lush choral textures and rich harmonies, Canción de Invierno is a setting of a poem by Juan Ramón Jiménez, based on the theme of singing. (Source: Nota Bene)