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Gareth Farr – NZ Composer

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Toru Whā - Ka Rewa a Matariki

Toru Whā – Ka Rewa a Matariki

NZTrio will be joined by musician and composer Horomona Horo playing taonga pūoro in a programme reflecting on our past, while celebrating new horizons and possibilities. It includes three newly commissioned pieces, from Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead (Ngāi Te Rangi), Martin Lodge and Jeremy Mayall, alongside works composed by Victoria Kelly, Richard Nunns and Gareth […]

Songs for the birds

Songs for the birds

Gareth and poet Bill Manhire’s collaboration, “Songs for the Birds”, has been featured in a fantastic article by Elizabeth Kerr on the Noted website.

Wellington Pride Parade Fanfare

Wellington Pride Parade Fanfare

Gareth has written a fanfare – “rumbling cacophony of sound to show off a bit” – for the 2019 Wellington International Pride Parade, that will bring the theme of FIRE | AHI to life and be performed by Orchestra Wellington! He felt compelled to write a Pride Fanfare because the opening of the parade cries […]

Cello concerto: Great War Story

Cello concerto: Great War Story

Gareth grew up with the photos of three young men in army uniform on the wall in his parents’ home. He didn’t know much about them until his mother recounted their history. The Byrne brothers, Frank, Vince and Charlie, all volunteered for the First World War. All three died in the last 18 months of […]

Fabulous at 50

Fabulous at 50

Gareth, who this year celebrated his 50th birthday (or possibly his 12.5th), popped into the Radio New Zealand studios to share stories about life, music and things that go wrong on stage. Read more and listen to the full interview on RNZ’s site.

Cello Concerto in Paris

Cello Concerto in Paris

Gareth’s cello concerto was recently performed in Paris as part of the French Armistice Day celebrations. The orchestra of the Garde Répulicaine performed the concerto with cellist Sébastien Hurtaud in the Cathedrale St. Louis des Invalides. If your French is très bien, you can listen to an interview with Sébastien here.

Te Kōanga Premiere by Heath Quartet

Te Kōanga Premiere by Heath Quartet

Tui bird calls heard in the Marlborough Sounds were the inspiration behind Gareth Farr’s new string quartet Te Kōanga premiered by the touring Heath Quartet this week. “As the water taxi pulled in, I could hear the tui calls, and it was the same call I notated when I was 16,” Gareth says. The work […]

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 […]

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