27 Apr 2018

Upbeat for Friday 27 April

From Upbeat, 11:17 am on 27 April 2018



San Francisco Conservatory of Music gets a huge financial injection, New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson is named a finalist for the prestigious Turner Prize and we celebrate the Muppets being in Wellington.

Bret McKenzie and Kermit onstage at The Jim Henson Retrospectacle

Bret McKenzie and Kermit onstage at The Jim Henson Retrospectacle Photo: Rob Sarkies

1pm Andrew Withington - Teaching the world to sing

Andrew Withington is Musical Director and conductor of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir - a 60-strong chorus of teenagers who work with top vocal and acting coaches and perform across the country and around the world. He has just completed his PhD which involved creating his own system on how to teach choirs to sing more reliably and consistently in tune. He joins Kim Hill to explain how his method works, and to play some of his favourite music.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - April 20: NZSCC April 20, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/ http://marktantrum.com)

Photo: 2017 Mark Tantrum


We close our exploration of Dvořák’s symphonies with symphony no. 9 in E in minor, From the New World performed by Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Antonin Dvorak

Antonin Dvorak in 1882 Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons