31 Aug 2018

Upbeat for Friday 31 August

From Upbeat, 12:00 pm on 31 August 2018


Soprano Madison Nonoa has won the inaugural McCormick Opera Competition and we discover how Mozart’s music can be used to help prevent epileptic seizures in children.


Mozart Photo: Public Domain

1pm PREVIEW: The Big Sing Finals

International choral conductor and composer David Childs is back home to adjudicate this year’s Big Sing Final. The former Cantabrian talks about how he caught the choral singing bug and how it’s taken him to the world’s top stages.

RNZ Concert’s Nick Tipping, also a very committed former chorister, is the MC for tomorrow night’s final concert of The Big Sing in Wellington. He gives us the inside scoop of what to expect from the best secondary school choirs in the country.

Big Sing 2016

Big Sing 2016 Photo: Facebook - The Big Sing

130pm REVIEW: APO’s The Prodigal Son

Talented conductor Lionel Bringuier returned to Auckland to lead the APO in last night’s concert The Prodigal Son, featuring works from Ravel, Saint-Saens and Prokofiev. Peter Hoar was at the Town Hall.

Lionel Bringuier

Lionel Bringuier Photo: Simon Pauly


One of Beethoven's late quartets, the String Quartet in A minor Op 132. We'll hear it in a classic recording from Quartetto Italiano.

Bust of Beethoven

Bust of Beethoven Photo: Hugo Hagen, Public Domain