12:15 New Zealand pianist John Chen speaks about his performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this Thursday night.

12:50 Upbeat world music contributor Dr Henry Johnson presents the work of French folk/jazz group Magene.

1:10 British composer Bryn Harrison is in the country for the premiere of his work The Tangled Garden by Auckland based new music group 175 East.

13:30 Australian jazz trumpeter James Morrison journeys to Christchurch this week for the 2008 New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival.