Gladstone Students ‘Bring it’ with the APO and High School musicians


Oliver Tang, trumpet

Yesterday 5 Gladstone students, Matisse Laskey (trumpet), Taghi Derhamy (trumpet), Oliver Tang (trumpet), Trinity Black (violin), and Devonte Bateman (clarinet), travelled to the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau to Participate in the APO’s APOPs event, ‘Bring It Together’.

On arrival we joined 300 other students, mostly from secondary school, in rehearsing and performing four pieces:

Ode to Joy – Beethoven

March Slav – Tchaikovsky

Happy Happy Joy Joy – Reccardi, from Ren and Stimpy

Tidal Fragents  -Ryan Youens, specially composed for this event from musical ideas from the students.

Our conductor, ex-New Yorker, current Cantabrian, Beth Cohen, was a dynamo who led us through the music. Her energy and enthusiasm was infectious and she had all the students eating out of her hands.

A successful and enjoyable morning was had by all and we have 5 inspired students as a result!

Jessica Wells, Music Teacher

Rehearsing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’IMG_3281

Gallery of images – look especially at numbers 31-33


Matisse Laskey, Room 48 had this response:

“At first I was nervous. My heart thumped loudly. The cold metal from my trumpet froze my hands. ‘Ode to Joy’. I flipped the pages of my book to find the piece. I pushed my lips up on to the mouth piece, shivering with worry and excitement. As the conductor instructed the violins to start, I felt a sense of warmth wash over me. The music swirled inside my head and my eyes closed but I soon lifted my head as the trumpets were brought in. My eyes fixed on the sheet, following, not always playing, when I got confused. At first I was tight and nervous but then I relaxed. This was really fun! I let the music wash over me and the notes came more easily now. The sound of the violins at the start of the song, the nervous and excited feeling at the beginning, the relieved feeling in the middle, the endless happiness at the end… That was a moment I would never forget.”

Trinity Black  'brings it together' with other violin players.

Trinity Black ‘brings it together’ with other violin players.

Children’s Chorus for New Zealand Opera AUDITIONS




New Zealand Opera has been contracted by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to provide the adult and children’s chorus for a concert version of Puccini’s Turandot on July 3rd at the Auckland Town Hall (yes, Miss Wells will be singing in this concert!). You will not need to act or move. Just sing.

We are therefore holding auditions as we need sixteen girls and boys with unbroken voices for this chorus.

The auditions will be held at NZ Opera’s rehearsal space (OTC or Onehunga Technical Centre) at 107 Neilson Street, Onehunga on the morning of Saturday June 6th.

To make a booking for the audition, please email or phone 09 379 4020 extension 202 and we will arrange a time for you.

For the audition you may sing any song you know well and are confident singing – it doesn’t matter how short or simple the piece.  We will provide an accompanist, although you are welcome to bring your own pianist if you prefer.  If you are using our accompanist , please bring a good copy of the music for him.

You will also need to allow time to fill in the audition form (before your allocated audition time) with contact details and experience.

Free Family Day with the APO


Open Orchestra Central – APO Plus

Saturday 11 April

Auckland Town Hall

Conductor David Kay
Presenter Robbie Ellis
Organist Timothy Noon

A free fun family afternoon in the APO’s premier performance space, incorporating a Sistema Aotearoa ‘Big Day Out’ performance at 12.30pm, and the APO’s Music Zoo and Tunes 4 Toddlers so kids and their caregivers can meet instruments of the orchestra up close. The New Zealand Navy Band will perform a family show in the Concert Chamber between 1pm and 2pm.

PLUS – And a performance of New Zealand composer Robbie Ellis’s exuberant Relish in Immature Bombast featuring the Auckland Town Hall organ, before community singers and players join the APO to perform Borodin’s The Polovtsian Dances, the finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and to premiere a new work by Auckland composer David Hamilton with Te Reo text by Rhonda Tibble.



APO – KIWI KAPERS 2015 – Mangopare


“A water-themed Multimedia, multi arts concert for schools and the public presented in collaboration with Atamira Dance Company.”

We are looking forward to yet another wonderful APO schools concert. Last year was very popular with our students so it’s good to get in early and on time to ensure we get all the seats we want.

WHO:                         Years 4, 5, and 6

WHEN:                       Wednesday 14th October (first week of Term 4)

DEPART:                   12:00pm

RETURN:                  3:30pm (or before)

WHERE:                    ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

TRANSPORT:          By bus

COST:                        $10

Download Form here

APO 4 Kids – Rainbow Connection

Boy with microphoneDear APOPS Primary and Intermediate schools,

We are looking for a singer (8 – 12 years old), who would like to sing the famous song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with the APO at our APO 4 Kids concert on 11 April.

Out of all applicants, we will select 10 finalists, who will get a one-hour workshop with Joanne Cole, a professional vocal coach and Head of Education of the NZ Opera. We will decide who the winner and runner up will be after the workshop. The winner and the runner up will then both get lessons with Joanne and the winner will be on the stage of the Auckland Town Hall, performing the song solo with the APO!

A great opportunity for everyone who enjoys singing and would like to take up the challenge!

Here is a link to APO 4 Kids:

Download an application form here. Applications close 1 March 2015. Email:

We recommend that the students send us a recording, but it’s not compulsory.

Please feel free to send this email to everyone who might be interested and let me know if you have any more questions.

All the best,


Claudia Ruff | Creative Learning Support
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
P +64 9 638 6266 x228 | F +64 9 623 5629 |
PO Box 56 024, Dominion Road, 1024 | 1 St. Albans Ave | Mt. Eden Auckland| 1446


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