UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra - UC CYO
The CSM UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra – “Confessions”
Charles Luney Auditorium – Saturday 11 August 2018
Reviewed by Tony Ryan
Verdi, Elgar, Holst and Sibelius – great names; great music – and brought to us by young people with a such a sense of exploration and discovery that, somehow, the music speaks freshly in ways that experienced professionals cannot always achieve.
Watch the incredible Christchurch Youth Orchestra, led by Helen Renaud, open the day with 'Te Papa' composed by Gareth Farr. Christchurch bassoonist, saxophonist and conductor, Helen Renaud is currently the HOD of Music at Burnside High School. She studied bassoon at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music, and Music History at the University of Victoria, before receiving her teaching qualification. In 2009 she graduated with a Masters in Music from the University of Melbourne, where she focused on conducting. It was here that she was taught by the late Professor John Hopkins OBE, and Richard Gill OAM. She is currently studying part time for her Doctorate in Musical Arts, looking at rehearsal techniques for high school and youth ensembles. Helen was appointed to the rolls of Conductor of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Youth Orchestra, and Musical Director of the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds in 2016.
From Our Music, Our Voice concert on the 2nd Dec 2017.
Played by the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra.
Symphony No. 7 Mvt. 2 - Ludwig van Beethoven ~ Conducted by Henry Nicholson
English Dances - Malcom Arnold ~ Conducted by Claire Elliot
Piece for Strings and Piano - Composed by Gabriel Baird
Te Ara Wairua (The Spirit's Pathway) - Composed by Rosa Elliot
Analogy - Composed by Connor Matthews
Te Tihi o Kahuhura - Composed by Callum J. McKie