Heleen du Plessis

Heleen Du Plessis

Heleen Du Plessis Photo: Supplied

The National Concerto Competition Final is being held tomorrow in Christchurch. Lecturer in Cello from Otago University, Heleen du Plessis is one of the three adjudicators. The three finalists are cellist Heather Lewis-Baker from Wellington, violinist Kate Oswin of Christchurch and cellist Sam Lucas from Hamilton.


Peter Mechen 

Mary Newman Pound (Lucy) and Wade Kernot (Fred) in Brass Poppies

Mary Newman Pound (Lucy) and Wade Kernot (Fred) in Brass Poppies Photo: Jon Baxter

Brass Poppies the chamber opera by Ross Harris and Vincent O'Sullivan had its premiere at New Zealand Festival last night. Peter Mechen reviews the new work which also plays at Auckland Arts Festival next week.


Dione Joseph

Marama a theatre work by The Conch

Marama features women from five countries in the Pacific Photo: John McDermott Photography

Dione Joseph reviews the new dance theatre work Marama which premiered last night at Auckland Arts Festival. Marama is produced by The Conch under the leadership of Nina Nawalowalo and is motivated by alarm at the degradation of the environment in many parts of the Pacific and its impact on women, the bearers of life.