REVIEW OF JULY 2022 CONCERT
Bravo Diedre Irons, David Kay and Beethoven
SMCO’s Emperor concert might very well not have happened. Instead, it became a performance to long remember. It presented an interesting collection of pieces, it had a stellar soloist in Diedre Irons, and a brilliant conductor in David Kay who stood in at late notice for Michael Joel.
REVIEW OF JUNE 2022 CONCERT
Magical Flute Playing
Here was a concert well worth the wait having been rescheduled from March to June. It produced two new names for the orchestra’s list of noteworthy conductors and soloists. Joshua Kirk is an emerging New Zealand conductor, with advanced training in Australia and experience with several of the major orchestras in New Zealand and Australia. The second new face appearing with the orchestra was Melanie Lançon, Principal flute with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, who played both before and after interval.
REVIEW OF MAY 2022 CONCERT
Youthful brilliance and majestic Mendelssohn
St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra’s performance on Sunday 15 May 2022, its first concert since August 2021 was a serving of polished gems. Ably led by Rachel Moxham and conducted with his usual consummate skill by Michael Joel, the players seemed as pleased to be performing again as the audience was to hear them.
REVIEW OF AUGUST 2021 CONCERT
Magical Mozart arias win many hearts
The first and fourth movements of Haydn’s Symphony No 84 formed the overtures for each half of St Matthew’s August concert. They were happy choices to introduce thirteen extracts from Mozart operas, concert arias and Solemn Vespers.