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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 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 [...]