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SOUNZ Contemporary Award finalists 2016

SOUNZ Contemporary Award finalists 2016

SOUNZ Contemporary Award finalists 2016 Photo: SOUNZ

Chris Cree Brown (Christchurch) for Viola Concerto
Salina Fisher (Wellington) for Rainphase for orchestra
Kenneth Young (Raumati) for Piano Trio for violin, cello and piano

The winner of the 2016 SOUNZ Contemporary Award will be announced at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards held at Vector Arena in Auckland on Thursday 29 September. RNZ will broadcast and live video stream the Awards ceremony on RNZ National, Freeview Ch 50 and online at


Iris Dreaming report and Fleur Adcock's Settling the Score pick

Iris Dreaming is the new one-woman chamber opera from composer Gillian Whitehead and librettist Fleur Adcock. We play Fleur Adcock's Settling the Score choice.

Helen Medlyn (mezzo), New Zealand SO/Marc Taddei
Atoll ACD 613

Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock Photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld

Settling the Score is New Zealand’s annual competition to decide the most popular classical music in the country.  Each year we ask listeners to vote for their favourite classical music, the votes are tallied, and then the complete countdown is broadcast on RNZ Concert. Voting is open from 22 August until 23 September 2016.

Cast your own vote here.

David Long - Cross Creek

David Long - Cross Creek

David Long - Cross Creek Photo: album cover art

"Cross Creek was a small railway settlement at the bottom of the Rimutaka Ranges in the Wairarapa. It was established in 1875 to service the fell-engines that dragged trains up the steep gradients over the hills from Wellington. My grandfather was a guard there in the 1920’s and 30’s and my father lived there until he was 13. Cross Creek disappeared in 1955 when a tunnel was put through the hills." - David Long

DAVID LONG: Cross Creek
Stroma/Hamish McKeich


FLYING LOTUS: A selection from the album You’re Dead!
Stephen Ellison et al
Warp 610256

Listen to Stephen Ellison AKA Flying Lotus talking to Melody Thomas at the Rhythm and Vines festival

JOBY TALBOT: The Dying Swan
Joby Talbot (pno), Jonathan Carney (vln), Philip Sheppard (cello)
Black Box BBM 107

11:00 New Music Dreams

MOSS: (Live recording at Trinity Cathedral in San Jose, California)
Molly Berg, Olivia Block, Steve Roden, and Stephen Vitiello (vocals, various instruments)

STEVE PETERS & STEVE RODEN: Not a leaf Remains as it Was
Steve Peters, Steve Roden (vocals, various instruments)
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