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Upcoming commissions for Ben Baker, the Song Company & Leunig, and Timua Brennan

Upcoming commissions for Ben Baker, the Song Company & Leunig, and Timua Brennan

The next few months are looking very busy for Gareth! Upcoming commissions include: A piece for Ben Baker, a young Kiwi violinist living and working in London, for piano trio. A short piece for Sydney’s renowned vocal sextet, the Song Company; it’s the setting of a poem by the iconic Australian poet and cartoonist, Leunig. […]

Gallipoli Symphony in Istanbul, Turkey

Gallipoli Symphony in Istanbul, Turkey

In August 2015, Gareth will attend a performance of the ‘Gallipoli Symphony’ in Istanbul, Turkey, at the invitation of the Turkish and Australian governments. The piece is a compilation of all ten commissioned works for the ANZAC Day dawn service at Gallipoli for the last decade, one of which was composed by Gareth. The performance […]

New Zealand String Quartet - 'Scary Music'

New Zealand String Quartet – ‘Scary Music’

Gareth has recently completed a work for the New Zealand String Quartet, for their international children’s tours. The work is intended to help kids understand modern string music, and is a collaboration with celebrated NZ children’s writer Joy Cowley. Joy created a script that integrates with the music, and is narrated by the players while […]

Premieres for "Gem" and "Fifty Fifty"

Premieres for “Gem” and “Fifty Fifty”

Two new short pieces by Gareth were premiered in early 2015. The first was Gem for solo piano, commissioned by Nicola Melville in memory of her teacher Judith Clark, who died in early 2014. Gem was premiered on the 6th February (Waitangi Day) in Nelson at the 2015 Adam Chamber Music Festival, as part of […]

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra performance in the UK

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra performance in the UK

Gareth’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was performed and recorded by the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, UK on April 1st 2015, a year after it was premiered in Wellington, NZ with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The performance was broadcast nationally in the UK on ANZAC day, 25th April 2015, on BBC Radio 4. Australian […]

Gareth engaged to compose Marama soundtrack

Gareth engaged to compose Marama soundtrack

New Zealand theatre company The Conch have once again engaged Gareth to compose a soundtrack, this time for their new intercultural work Marama. It will be their third production with Gareth as composer. 2003’s Vula won him the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards ‘Outstanding Composer of Original Music’ award, and Masi in 2009 won critical acclaim […]

New short pieces: Fifty Fifty and Gem

New short pieces: Fifty Fifty and Gem

Two new short pieces are coming soon from Gareth! The first is Fifty Fifty – commissioned by Dame Evelyn Glennie for solo bongos, in honour of her 50th birthday (50 bars for 50 years). Dame Evelyn has performed Gareth’s percussion concerto in NZ and Australia (with the NZSO), and in Canada with the Winnipeg Symphony […]

Royal New Zealand Ballet commission

Royal New Zealand Ballet commission

Gareth has been commissioned to write a twenty minute ballet for the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, to be premiered in 2015 as part of the company’s centenary commemorations of the Gallipoli landings. Gareth will be working with Kiwi choreographer Andrew Simmons, and the score will be performed live by the New Zealand Army Band […]

Relict Furies - critical acclaim

Relict Furies – critical acclaim

Relict Furies was commissioned from Gareth by the Edinburgh International Festival and the NZ International Festival. It was performed on August 26th at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh by world-renowned mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly CBE and the Scottish Ensemble, Scotland’s premiere string orchestra, to critical acclaim and a rousing ovation from the audience. Relict Furies will also […]

National Radio interview about Relict Furies

National Radio interview about Relict Furies

In an interview with Radio New Zealand National, Composer Gareth Farr describes his commission for the Edinburgh International Arts Festival – a piece called Relict Furies which describes the First World War from the perspective of three women. You can listen here or on the Radio New Zealand website.   You can also read more […]

Mezzo Sarah Connolly performing Relict Furies at EIF

Mezzo Sarah Connolly performing Relict Furies at EIF

Sarah Connolly CBE, one of the foremost British mezzo sopranos, will be performing Gareth Farr’s “Relict Furies” at the Edinburgh International Festival 2014. It will be the World Premiere of “Relict Furies”, which Gareth wrote as an EIF commission for mezzo soprano and double string orchestra. Full details of the performance can be found on […]

Nancy Wake: The White Mouse

Nancy Wake: The White Mouse

“Nancy Wake: The White Mouse” is a 70 minute documentary-drama from the Gibson Group and features a soundtrack by Gareth Farr. It tells the thrilling true story of a NZ-born heroine who became the Gestapo’s most wanted woman in World War II. This showcase follows Nancy Wake’s life from becoming a vital link in the […]

Gareth's 'Taheke' at Chamberfest Ottawa

Gareth’s ‘Taheke’ at Chamberfest Ottawa

Flutist Joanna G’froerer and harpist Michelle Gott will perform a selection of meditative contemporary works, including Gareth Farr’s Taheke, at Chamberfest Ottawa 2014. Joanna is principal flute of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and one of Canada’s best-known flutists. Full details at the Chamberfest Ottawa website.

Dominion Post article on Gareth

Dominion Post article on Gareth

The Dominion Post featured a great article today on Gareth! So Farr, so good for Gareth By TOM CARDY Wellington’s Gareth Farr is not only one of New Zealand’s best-known contemporary composers, he now has a significant standing overseas. The prestigious Edinburgh International Festival this year has commissioned Farr, 46, to compose a piece to […]

La Dolce Vita - NZSO

La Dolce Vita – NZSO

With La Dolce Vita, Music Director Pietari Inkinen and a large-scale orchestra launch the 2014 NZSO Season with a celebration of Roman exuberance and flair. Exploring passion and history through Ottorino Respighi’s three over-the-top Roman tone poems, they embark on a rich journey through the city of Rome before resting in the shade of majestic […]

University of Auckland's Distinguished Alumni Award

University of Auckland’s Distinguished Alumni Award

On Friday night, March 14, Gareth was honoured with the University of Auckland’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He was in the stellar company of Bruce Aitken, Dr Julie Maxton, Dr ‘Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki, Dr William Tan and Roseanne Liang – similarly awarded – and about 400 guests in the enormous marquee in Old Government House gardens. Strike’s […]

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