19 Jul 2018

Upbeat for Thursday 19 July

From Upbeat, 9:33 am on 19 July 2018


New Zealand pianist Rebekah Stewart has performed in Poland at a music competition for people with hearing loss, and what’s being done in Ireland to close the gender divide in classical music performance of works by women.

Christchurch pianist Rebekah Stewart

Christchurch pianist Rebekah Stewart Photo: Facebook - Rebekah Stewart

1pm School Holidays fun: bringing a famous storybook alive

Much loved children’s book The Gruffalo, is being brought to life by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this weekend. The story, which has been turned into two short films, follows a mouse and his monster-like friend on an adventure through the forest. The APO, conducted by Terry Davies adds the music to the magic.

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo Photo: flickr


Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály used a popular folksong called The Peacock as inspiration for his set of orchestral variations, written in the late 1930s.


Peacock Photo: CC0 Public Domain