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Fri 18 Apr 2008, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Wellington Town Hall, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • Adult - from: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: NZSO

The original Antarctic Symphony was composed by Vaughan Williams in 1948. Fifty years later Peter Maxwell Davies produced his landmark symphony of the same name after a residency on the ice. A number of NZ Artists in Antarctica will be in Wellington to take part in this festival. A number of other musical, film, literary and entertainment events are planned to take place during this “festival period”.

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Suite from Scott of the Antarctic
FARR Terra Incognita (World Premiere) (Commissioned by NZ Artists in Antarctica)
MAXWELL DAVIES Symphony No 8 Antarctic Symphony (Commissioned by British
Antarctic Survey and Arts Council England)

PAUL WHELAN Bass-Baritone
MIKE NEWMAN Video Artist

PAUL MacALINDIN has worked throughout Europe as an orchestral conductor, education project leader, coach and accompanist for choirs and singers in Cologne. As assistant to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, he works with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

PAUL WHELAN won the 1993 Lieder Prize in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and pursues a busy concert and recital career, returning to NZ whenever his schedule permits. Terra Incognita was written for him to perform in this, its world premiere performance.

MIKE NEWMAN is a video artist who has worked with leading composers including Tan Dun. His work for TV with musicians Wynton Marsalis and Jean-Yves Thibaudet and choreographers such as Martha Clarke and Julie Taymore has been screened around the world.

Antarctica Festival participants include:
Victoria University of Wellington
The NewDowse
The Royal Society of New Zealand
Bill Manhire
Margaret Mahy
Andris Apse
Claire Plug
David Trubridge

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