Academy and Supervising

Hey everyone, well last weekend was the final of the Auckland University Academy of Music for 2008, and perhaps as we know it. On Saturday was the actual last day, and then Sunday was a chamber music festival followed by the concert in the evening featuring the ensembles, percussion groups and orchestra. I was stage managing for the day to help out and was heaps of fun. Anyway next year they are completely changing the running of it and supposedly taking away the chamber music elements and small teaching classes such as musicianship, but keeping the orchestra and larger ensembles. Of course that is an absolute joke as those aspects are where people actually learn and develop. Anyway if that all goes ahead there will simply not be an Academy of Music anymore which is a big shame as it is/was such a fantastic resource for Auckland emerging musicians. On a cheerier note, Trinity examinations are well into action once again. I am a supervisor for these exams and so am now out most days of the week until December. Some days are horrible and busy, but most are great and I can get a lot of my own work done which is FANTASTIC. Of course it’s great fun looking after the examiners as well – usually VERY English, delightful old men.

Oh and by the way coming up is the North Shore Junior Orchestra end of year concert and auditions for the 2008 orchestra. If you're interested, or know of someone who may be, visit: www.nsjo.org.nz.

GOSH ... here's what's happening!!

Okay so over the last two months have had so much work coming in, I haven't had a chance to post any blogs or in fact to much else at all. So what have I been doing? Rakaia is a new piece I just finished last week for the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. It is for their "Rivers" concerts in August. For the dates and venues check out the news. The Rakaia river heads east from the Southern Alps here in New Zealand and reaches the sea just south of Christchurch. Thanks to my friend Wikipedia you can check out more details here. Anyway it was an interesting piece to write as the orchestra's audience is not my usual type of audience. But anyway I ran through it all with the conductor Gary Daverne and he is happy so that's good. Rehearsals start Monday night so will keep you posted. If you're in Auckland on the concert dates, come along and I'd be so keen to get your post concert thoughts.

Chicken Cargo is an independent film based in Chicago. Scott Hunt is composing the score and I am orchestrating. The film is kind of a sci-fi comedy and the bits I've been seeing are quite good. We're just finishing the opening scene at the moment and the whole "living on the other side of the world" thing is proving no problem at all. Anyway this is a long term project (film released mid '08) and so will I'm sure be posting regular updates on how everything is going.

North Shore Junior Orchestra is a second orchestra I have picked up. It is a junior orchestra and so will be heaps of fun. Have got our programme all sorted and am about to do a mailout which will kick us off for term 3. I've just updated their website here.

Have also had a heap of engraving work which isn't too strenuous but is time consuming. So its good to have work flocking in, and with very little sleep I'm managing to get through it all. Woohoo.