May 202015
 

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 a series of piano concerts dedicated to Judith Clark.

The second piece was 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 Orchestra.

Fifty Fifty was premiered by Dame Evelyn Glennie at the Teatro di San Carlo (the Naples Opera House), in Naples, Italy, on the 16th of May 2015.

Gareth Farr Glennie Olympics

Apr 042015
 

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 pianist Tony Lee was the soloist, and New Zealander Tecwyn Evans conducted.

Gareth Farr - BBC Philharmonic

Dec 042014
 

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 at the NZ and Sydney Festivals.

Marama will feature performers from the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and New Zealand.

Gareth Farr Masi Workshop

Masi

New short pieces: Fifty Fifty and Gem

 Posted by on November 24, 2014
Nov 242014
 

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 Orchestra.

The second piece is Gem for solo piano, commissioned by Nicola Melville in memory of her teacher Judith Clark, who died in early 2014.

Gem will be premiered in Nelson at the 2015 Adam Chamber Music Festival.

Gareth Farr Glennie Olympics

UPDATE: More news here.

Royal New Zealand Ballet commission

 Posted by on November 21, 2014
Nov 212014
 

Gareth Farr Smashing Sweet Vixen

Smashing Sweet Vixen

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 around the country.

This will be Gareth’s third ballet for the RNZB; Smashing Sweet Vixen (choreographed by Shona McCullagh, music performed by Strike) premiered in 1998, and The Wedding (choreographed by Mark Baldwin, music performed by the APO and the NZSO) premiered in 2006.

Relict Furies – critical acclaim

 Posted by on September 20, 2014
Sep 202014
 

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 be performed in Wellington, NZ in the 2016 NZ International Festival.

…there was other fantastic music too from this brilliant big band … a wonderful new song trilogy, Relict Furies by Gareth Farr, looking at the impact of war from the perspective of the women who wait, permeated with breathtaking orchestration and a text movingly sung by Sarah Connolly. ✬✬✬✬✬

The Herald Scotland

Gareth Farr’s new score for Relict Furies, a heart-stabbing evocation of the First World War … with the most wonderfully dramatic singing from mezzo Sarah Connolly, whose depth of understanding of Paul Horan’s texts was both honest and poignant. ✬✬✬✬

The Scotsman

Paul Horan, Sarah Connolly & Gareth Farr - Relict Furies

Paul Horan, Sarah Connolly & Gareth Farr

Aug 102014
 

Radio New Zealand National

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 about the performance itself here.

Jul 172014
 

Sarah Connolly Relict Furies Gareth Farr EifSarah 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 the Edinburgh International Festival website.

Nancy Wake: The White Mouse

 Posted by on July 17, 2014
Jul 172014
 

“Nancy Wake: The White Mouse” is a 70 minute documentary-drama from the Gibson Group and features a soundtrack by Gareth Farr.

Nancy Wake - Gibson Group - 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 French resistance, to fleeing from Nazi spies, before returning as a highly trained special agent. She fought to win back her country, but can Nancy also save her husband’s life?

It screens on TV1 on Sunday 20th July at 8.30pm – don’t miss it!

More details about the show are on the Gibson Group website.

Jul 172014
 
Gareth Farr 'Taheke' - Chamberfest Ottawa - Joanna G'froerer

Joanna G’froerer

Chamberfest Ottawa 2014

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.

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