2011 through the eyes of a blog

And just like that, another year is gone! Here is a look at my posts for the year. thinking web picThe blogging year started in March with my favourite book arriving, "Behind Bars", which I preordered in 2010. It is definitely the most used book on my shelf! I then talked about two approaching projects:

In April I introduced my new work, "blimp", and reviewed two projects - a song I helped a friend create and my work at the BOP music school:

May was a busy month, so in June I talked about what I had been up to - writing 31 microscores and the premiere of "blimp":

In July I posted the video I worked on with Sideways Productions:

In August and September I covered my involvement in the KBB Music Festival and some composition tutorials that I held in Kerikeri:

October was the kick off of the Rugby World Cup here in New Zealand, I talked about my involvement in the opening ceremony and also made a post about what exactly I do when "preparing music" and why you would need someone like me to do it:

December means Christmas and I posted some Christmas carols that I prepared for my students. I also composed a new "holiday" piece for my Christmas post:

Happy New Year everyone, bring on 2012!

Great company, excellent food ... and some music

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of conducting at the Bay of Plenty Music School, held for the second year in Tauranga. Check out my previous post if you'd like some more info about the music school. It was a really fantastic weekend. The wind orchestra players (my group) were really keen to do some hard work, loved the selection of music, were really positive and after the 13 hours of rehearsal arose to present a really tight and energetic performance on the Sunday afternoon.

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So, where is it next year? Rotorua! Interested in going? Stay tuned in to their website and I'll see you there.

About to bop at the BOP Music School

This year the Bay of Plenty Music School is in Tauranga from the 15th to the 17th of April.

"This will be the 42nd year for the Bay of Plenty Music School which is run with the assistance of the University of Waikato. It caters for choral, orchestral and band musicians of all levels, providing a unique learning and working opportunity in a relaxed atmosphere under the guidance of experienced conductors and section leaders."

I am very pleased to be conducting the wind orchestra and working alongside Peter Thomas (symphony and string orchestras) and David Squire (choir).


The Music School has been going since 1966 and is now the largest surviving music school in New Zealand. It moves around towns within the Bay of Plenty region, although this is the second year in a row that it has been held at Tauranga Girls College. This year the repertoires include:

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Danse Macabre (Saint Saens) Symphony No.1 (Sibelius)

STRING ORCHESTRA Waipoua for Clarinet & Strings (Gareth Farr) Serenade for Strings (Elgar)

WIND ORCHESTRA Overture in B flat (Caesar Giavannini) October (Eric Whitacre)

CHOIR Neckereien (Johannes Brahms) Turot Eszik A Cigany (Zoltan Kodaly)

Entries are still open and they are looking for more players (especially string players). The entry fee is a wonderfully affordable price for a fantastic weekend of music. So, get enrolled - you have until Friday April 1.

Interested in finding out more about the Bay of Plenty region? Visit the tourism site here, or the Wikipedia site here.