Gladstone’s Got Talent goes ahead

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On Monday 5th September, the teachers will be leaving for a meeting for the second half of the school day.

They will be back in time for the Gladstone’s Got Talent AUDITIONS to commence as usual.

Please ensure that any backing tracks are given in to Miss Wells by Monday morning.

Email the file to OR bring in a USB or a CD to the music room.

Little Drummer competition

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Are you aged between 8 and 12 and love playing the snare-drum. Are you keen to take on the challenge of becoming APO’s Little Drummer 2016?

Then apply to take part in the Little Drummer Experience!

10 students will be chosen to take part in a workshop with our Principal Percussionist Eric Renick!  And one of those students will be invited to perform Jingle Bell Rock alongside Eric at our APO 4 Kids concerts in November and December.

To apply, you must complete the attached form and return it to the APO by 5pm October 25.

Participants must be available to perform in all APO 4 Kids concerts and the rehearsal in case they are chosen to be the Little Drummer.  APO 4 Kids Concert and rehearsal dates are: 25th November in the afternoon, 26th and 27th November from 9am – 12.30pm and 2 December from 5pm – 8.30pm.

STRIKE! has struck again!


Murray, James and Tom. Strike Percussionists.

Yesterday Gladstone was once again a captive audience to the marvellous beats and rhythms of three wonderful Strike! percussionists.

Murray, Tom and James (aka Muzza, Mr T and Jimbo the Nimbo) arrived at the hall to set up a variety of percussion instruments including a frame covered in drums, a drum kit and a marimba. They proceeded to wow (and deafen) staff and students with hypnotic and rousing rhythms and beats including blowing fire!


The Strike musicians brought 5 students up,IMG_0360 Natu, Kyla, Samuel, Theo, Leo and Bruno, to play on the island drums. They also welcomed two staff members, Jesse Lee and Colin Laing to the stage for a drum/cymbal off. Watch Mr Laing and Mr Lee beat it out. Colin won by a beat but both were fantastic rhythmic technicians and musicians.


Natur, Bruno, Leo, Kyla, Samuel and Theo show us how it’s done.





For the rest of the day, Year 5 and 6 classes attended workshops put on by the musicians where they explored drumming and learnt a piece of music.



Tom teaches senior students a musical piece.




Great Singing Gladstone!

IMG_3038A big congratulations to our two choirs who performed well today at the Kids Sing in the Town Hall.

I was so proud of their efforts and so pleased that they enjoyed it so much.

We are going to rest up this afternoon before heading back in at 6pm for the Gala Concert….IMG_3036

FREE NZSO family concerts this June!!

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is performing FREE concerts for families in Takapuna and Manukau on 26 and 27 June.unnamed

Featuring some of classical music’s most memorable melodies, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (think “ta-ta-ta-TUM”) and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man (think Superman) these concerts are special opportunities for families to watch a live orchestra in concert.

Kiwi composer Thomas Goss’ musical story Tane and the Kiwi, narrated by Chris Lam Sam, will also feature in the middle of the concert. Tane & the Kiwi is an adaptation of noted NZ radio pioneer Alwyn Owen’s Poki the Kiwi tale, How The Kiwi Lost His Wings. It is a sacrificial tale based on the Kiwi’s decision to help Tane Mahuta save his children, the trees, from near death – being eaten by bugs. The Kiwi was the only bird in the forest willing to lose its wings and agree to live a life on the forest floor eating bugs. The Kiwi became a symbol of hope.

But you Kiwi, because of your great sacrifice, you will become the most well known and most loved bird of them all.

Narrator Chris Lam Sam is an accomplished composer for stage and screen. He has worked on musical projects for some of New Zealand’s top-tier performers and recording artists including Dave Dobbyn and Kimbra. Specialising in musical arrangement and film score writing, Chris’ music has featured on numerous radio and television channels, and in movie theatres throughout the USA.

Hamish McKeichConductor Hamish McKeich will conduct the 70-minute-long performance. McKeich has forged an impressive international conducting career alongside a passionate loyalty for developing the repertoire of contemporary and experimental music. He served as the NZSO’s Associate Conductor from 2002-2006 and he has given more than 100 world premieres of new works. In 2012, he was awarded a Douglas Lilburn Trust citation for services to New Zealand music.

Enjoy this exciting opportunity to take your family to see the orchestra – for FREE!

To register for your free tickets click here.

The NZSO Family Concerts series is part of the NZSO’s core initiative to engage with more communities nationally. In August, the NZSO will also present NZSO Family Concerts in Gisborne and Napier.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is also performing a FREE concert for school children in Manukau on 27 June. Teachers can register for this concert here.

NZSO Family Concerts

Hamish McKeich CONDUCTOR
Chris Lam Sam NARRATOR

COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 – first movement
THOMAS GOSS Tane and the Kiwi
STRAUSS Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor)
GLINKA Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
OFFENBACH Orpheus in the Underworld Can-Can

TAKAPUNA / Bruce Mason Centre / Sunday 26 June / 4.00pm
To register: Go to

MANUKAU / Vodafone Events Centre, BNZ Theatre / Monday 27 June / 4.00pm
To register: Go to

Opera for Kids – FREE – this weekend!

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a NZO Opera in Schools is back with their hit show The Elixir of Love! 

This is a FREE event for families all over Auckland to come join us at two locations:

Saturday 18th June – Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall,

Performance – 10.30am Workshop – 11.30am

Sunday 19th June – Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna,
Performance – 10.30am Workshop – 11.30am

There will be a Workshop element after the performance for families to join in and find out what it is like to sing, move and be directed as an ensemble alongside real-life opera singers. No singing experience necessary!


Watch the time-lapse video created by last year’s Opera in Schools team….

Get Tickets to – The Magic Flute – NZ Opera

Magic-Flute-event-pageSome of you will remember our special Course last year on The Magic Flute which was run by NZ Opera.

Well now you can come and watch them perform the full opera at the Aotea Centre!

This is a production which is might interest those involved in last year’s special course. It has some suggestive content, please feel free to ask me about it if you are thinking of going with your child.

How does one prepare to go to the opera?

I am singing in the chorus for this too and, as such, I get a special price on tickets.

Please contact me if you would like to get tickets through me at

Tickets: Premium $171
Gold $126
A Reserve $99
B Reserve $72
C Reserve $50

Dates: Thursday 16 June 7:30pm
Saturday 18 June 7:30pm
Wednesday 22 June 7:30pm
Friday 24 June 7:30pm
Sunday 26 June (matinee)

Win free tickets to the APO!

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In celebration of New Zealand Music Month…



…the APO Connecting Department and Andrew Beer, the concertmaster of the APO, would like to offer young music lovers aged 10-16 throughout Auckland with the unique opportunity of winning free concert tickets for themselves and their parents to experience the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra live.

Firstly, have a look at the 2016 APO Season Brochure and pick out your favourite piece of orchestral music from one of our premier concert series (i.e. NZ Herald, Bayleys Great Classics, and Newstalk ZB). You can download a copy of the 2016 APO Season Brochure HERE:

Then grab a pen and paper (and/or your PC/Mac) and drop me a line to the address below explaining why this particular work is special to you, and what you love about it.

So, if you are passionate about classical music, and are aged 10-16 years old, then do get in touch with Andrew. Tell him what your favourite piece of the APO’s 2016 Season Brochure is and you and your parents could win free tickets to that concert!

Applications must be submitted by 31 May, and the winners will be notified by 10 June.

Applications titled “I love orchestral music” to be sent to:

Mr. Andrew Beer, Concertmaster. Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

PO Box 56024, Dominion Road, Auckland 1446