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Shostakovich in Old St John’s

Feb 2, 2015

What a wonderful concert last night, Brahms, Beethoven, Novacek, Lilburn and finishing with the astounding Shostakovich Piano Quintet. The Nelson School Of Music is closed because of earthquake risk and so we have converted Old St John’s into the ‘piano’ concert venue for this Festival. Not an easy task and complicated by having to have…

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Verklärte Nacht

Feb 2, 2015

Friday evening’s concert presents a musical menagerie ranging from songs from the reign of Henry VIII to a quartet piece by New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn, which when first performed was described as ‘a singularly moving work’. There are still good seats available for this concert of exceptional variety.

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Gala Dinner Back on the Menu

Jan 15, 2015

One of the highlights of the Adam Chamber Music is the Gala Dinner, held in the spectacular setting of Woollaston Estates winery. We’re thrilled to announce we have just released more seats for this event, which has been sold out for sometime. Ticket price of $130 covers a wonderful three course meal, wine, transport to…

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Highpoint for Helene

Jan 15, 2015

This week we bring you a top pick from NZSQ violinist Helene Pohl who is excited about the whole programme, since as co-musical director she helped put it together. And she swears it’s not just about heaving a sigh of relief when it’s all over that has her picking the Grand Finale: “This concert will…

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Old St John’s Church

Jan 15, 2015

While Christchurch bore the brunt, there are few towns in New Zealand unscathed in the aftermath of the recent earthquakes. Many heritage buildings have come under closer scrutiny and in Nelson our beloved School of Music is closed for strengthening work, due to be open for our next Adam Festival in 2017. Meantime we’re very…

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Programme Notes

Jan 15, 2015

We’ve just signed off on this year’s programme booklet, which gives you the repertoire for each concert with notes on the composer and the background to the works. This year we were fortunate to have Charlotte Wilson from Radio NZ’s Concert FM researching and writing the notes for you. The one programme booklet will see…

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For the love of Festivals

Jan 8, 2015

The NZ String Quartet is the glue that holds the Festival together, and in spite of the punishing schedule they face…they just can’t wait! First Violin Helene Pohl says she’s loved festivals ever since the music camps of her teenage years: “When we arrive at a festival, we musicians step out of the rhythm of…

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Arise Sir Bob!

Jan 8, 2015

It’s not quite a knighthood, but we’re very proud of the Adam Festival Manager, Bob Bickerton, who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s Honours for his 40 years of service to music. Since emigrating to New Zealand from Birmingham in 1974, Bob has had a long…

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