18 Aug 2020

Stroma turns 20

From Upbeat, 12:30 pm on 18 August 2020
Wellington new music group Stroma pictured on the City to Sea Bridge

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Twenty years ago on 18 August, Stroma New Music Ensemble had its first concert - a two-and-a-half-hour epic with four New Zealand composer commissions.

The idea behind forming a contemporary music ensemble was to:

  • Foster and champion the music of today, 
  • Illuminate New Zealand musical creativity within an international context, and
  • Exhilarate audiences with bold musical experiences of the highest standard.

There were four founding members: Bridget Douglas, Hamish McKeich, Michael Norris and Philip Brownlee.

Since 2000, Stroma has not only commissioned and premiered more than 50 new works, but has also given repeat performances to more than 40 existing NZ works.