8.00pm Clarion - Music by Eve de Castro-Robinson

Composer Eve de Castro-Robinson

Composer Eve de Castro-Robinson Photo: Supplied

In a concert from the 2020 Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland composer Eve de Castro-Robinson sounds an alert on climate change – a programme including the New Zealand premiere of her work for trumpet and chamber orchestra, Clarion, written for Scotland-based Kiwi player Bede Williams.

From the AAF website: "Research shows that an understanding of our warming climate can be seen in the carbon being layered in the growth of the conch shell. Like the shell, de Castro-Robinson builds up instrumental layers in Clarion building gradually to its cataclysmic climax with the trumpeter utilising a range of calls and cries, keening, moaning, alerting, and sounding a warning to us of our need to act in the current climate emergency.

"Fittingly, in creating this work, de Castro-Robinson and Scotland-based, New Zealand-born Williams collaborated across the seas."

The programme is rounded out with other works by de Castro-Robinson, each of which in its own way calls on us to take heed.


DE CASTRO-ROBINSON: Peal - Mere Boynton (soprano), Eric Renick (tubular bells)
DE CASTRO-ROBINSON: Chaos of Delight IV - Luca Manghi (fl), Ben Hoadley (bsn)
DE CASTRO-ROBINSON: Stumbling Trains - Ashley Brown (cello)
DE CASTRO-ROBINSON: Hau - Mere Boynton (soprano)
DE CASTRO-ROBINSON: Clarion - Bede Williams (tpt), Auckland Chamber Orchestra/Peter Scholes

Recorded by RNZ Concert in the Auckland Arts Festival's Spiegeltent, 16 March 2020
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay