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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 […]

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 Crikey.com.au 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

AllThingsStrings.com 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 […]

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