Well tonight I went to the 2006 NYO concert (NZ National Youth Orchestra). The first of three concerts, the others in Auckland and Christchurch. It was also the premiere of Claire Cowan's new work "Trains of Thinking" (see her site here). Anyway, WOW, concert was fantastic. The highlight by far was Shostakovich's Symphony No.10. It was really well played. The strings this year are incredibly tight and are HUGE. I think I counted 12 violas. THATS AWESOME. The percussion as well was great - it's a great symphony for the percussion. Anyway Claire's piece was amazing. She's always so original and innovative - absolutely loved the piece. Make sure you visit her site here.
Of course afterwards it was fantastic to catch up with everyone from years past.