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Cello Concerto

Cello Concerto

Sébastien Hurtaud Gareth Farr’s Cello Concerto ‘Chemin des Dames’ is having its world premiere as part of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra concert Aotearoa-Plus. It pays tribute to the soldiers who fell on the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium and reminds us of the profound grief and trauma felt by their families […]

The Bone Feeder

The Bone Feeder

  Photos Gate Photography The Bone Feeder recently played as part of the Auckland Festival 23-26 March. A new opera, beautifully and imaginatively scored by Gareth Farr and written by poet and playwright Renee Liang, which explores the mysteries, traumas and gifts of migration, home and belonging. A young Chinese man searching for his roots […]

Gareth Featured in the Dom Post

Gareth Featured in the Dom Post

Bess Manson has written a great article on Gareth in The Dominion Post (April 23rd 2016), and it’s accompanied by a fantastic, nearly full-page photo by Ross Giblin. As a kid, Gareth Farr played the piano as if it had committed some sort of misdemeanour. He hit those ivory keys like they were a contrary […]

Relict Furies at the New Zealand Festival

Relict Furies at the New Zealand Festival

Relict Furies is playing as part of the New Zealand Festival on Tuesday March 15th. You can see more details and download a programme from the Festival’s website. Update: John Button for Stuff and Peter Mechen for Middle C have written reviews of the performance. Nau mai haere mai ki te Taurima o Aotearoa. At […]

Black Dog Relief Cabaret - join Gareth!

Black Dog Relief Cabaret – join Gareth!

Come along and join Emcee Gareth Farr and Wellington’s performing arts fraternity as we band together to honour a beloved friend, colleague and cohort – Robbie Tripe. Sunday 6th September at San Fran, a one night only performance to raise money and awareness for The Mental Health Foundation NZ. This tribute is our way of honouring a […]

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 […]

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