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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 [...]

Duck, Death and the Tulip

Duck, Death and the Tulip

Duck, Death and the Tulip is an acclaimed picture book by German illustrator and writer Wolf Erlbruch, which has been adapted by Peter Wilson as a puppetry stage production for his Little Dog Barking Theatre Company. The show is directed by Nina Nawalowalo and features music by Gareth Farr. Gareth’s composition won the 2013 Chapman [...]

Masi review: "Life affirming. Maybe even life-changing"

Masi review: “Life affirming. Maybe even life-changing”

Masi has been playing at the Sydney Festival, Australia. This review by Lloyd Bradford Syke appeared at on Jan 31, 2013. REVIEW: Masi (Sydney Festival) | Everest Theatre Lloyd Bradford Syke -  Jan 31, 2013 4:12PM  “Grounding and connective in a way social media and the inter web at large can and will never [...]

Great review of Wakatipu

Great review of Wakatipu is a fabulous resource for string players, and their review of Gareth’s “Wakatipu” is fairly glowing. They say: The drama and structure of Gareth Farr’s ‘Wakatipu’ will leave audiences spellbound. ‘Wakatipu’ is a breathtaking thrill ride that uses exotic musical language to invoke all the drama of its namesake legend. You can read the [...]

Works by Farr Feature in NZ Music Awards

Works by Farr Feature in NZ Music Awards

                  Two works by Gareth Farr feature on two of the albums nominated for the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards ‘Best Classical’ album of 2011. He Poroporoaki (Saying Goodbye), co-written by Farr and taonga puoro player Richard Nunns, features on the New Zealand String Quartet’s album Notes [...]

Farr's Children's Opera 'Kia Ora Khalid' Featured

Farr’s Children’s Opera ‘Kia Ora Khalid’ Featured

  Gareth Farr’s children’s opera Kia Ora Khalid, a production from Capital E National Theatre for Children (Wellington, New Zealand), was featured at the Taranaki Arts Festival in New Plymouth, New Zealand on 4-5 August 2011. Recently, it made its Australian debut at the Victoria Arts Centre, Melourne, Australia 26-28 October 2011. Farr created the [...]

Australian premiere Gareth's 'The Nor'west Arch'

Australian premiere Gareth’s ‘The Nor’west Arch’

On 23rd September, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra gave the Australian premiere Gareth’s ‘The Nor’west Arch’ at the Brisbane Festival. The piece was commissioned by the Christchurch Arts Festival as a memorial to the victims of the February earthquake. It was originally scored for brass band and percussion, and performed by the Woolston Brass Band and [...]