26 Apr 2018

Upbeat for Thursday 26 April

From Upbeat, 11:23 am on 26 April 2018



We bring you breaking news on the Echo music Awards, we find out which BBC young musician will perform at the upcoming Royal wedding, and we hear a work from Tony Chen Lin’s debut album.

Tony Chen Lin

Tony Chen Lin Photo: Jeffery Wen

1pm Song cycle has Jared Holt change register

“In Memoriam” is a new song-cycle for string quartet and tenor voice by NZ composer Janet Jennings, and forms part of the programme for a three-centre tour by the New Zealand String Quartet. Upbeat talks with Janet Jennings about the new work and its inspiration, and to its soloist, baritone-turned-tenor Jared Holt about switching voice-types.

Composer Janet Jennings

Composer Janet Jennings Photo: Supplied

1.30 Atamira founder becomes new leader

Jack Gray is the new Artistic Director of Atamira Dance, the country’s leading Maori contemporary dance company. Gray was one the company’s founders fifteen years ago but in the last few years has been working outside Aotearoa. Jack tells Eva Radich about the challenges indigenous groups face in creating work that resonates with the past but still moves the art form forward.

Pango by Atamira

Pango by Atamira Photo: Charles Howells


We continue our series on Dvořák’s symphonies. Today it’s Dvorak’s Symphony No 8 in G. It’s performed by Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Karel Ancerl.


Dvorak Photo: wikicommons