BIG BIG THANKS to the SOL3 MIO boys as it was such an amazing pleasure for Orchestra Wellington to be involved in their concerts in Wellington over the last few evenings.

We can’t wait to see the DVD release so we’ll keep you posted!

Orchestra Wellington is proud to present the final concert of our 2014 Subscription Season and also the LAUNCH of our 2015 series!

Saturday November 15
Michael Fowler Centre

The last of Haydn’s Paris Symphonies opens with great brio and continues with perfect Classical form. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a 20th-century cantata that brings them to life 11th-century Latin texts unearthed in a Bavarian monastery.

Featuring: Emma Fraser - Soprano , Henry Choo - Tenor, tenor James Clayton - baritone, The Orpheus Choir of Wellington and the Wellington Young Voices Choir.

Haydn - Symphony No.87, A major

Orff - Carmina Burana

The final gala subscription concert concludes Orchestra Wellington’s traversal of the Haydn Paris Symphonies.

We conclude our season with one of the grandest choral masterpieces ever written – Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, featuring rising young soloists on the international scene.

Orchestra Wellington has a longstanding relationship with The Orpheus Choir. I have been privileged to conduct them in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis and the New Zealand premiere of John Adams’ masterpiece, On the Transmigration of Souls amongst many other works. Carmina Burana is, as they say in some places, a home run. Audiences flock to this fantastic work whenever the considerable forces required are assembled. - Marc Taddei 

Tickets available from the Ticketek New Zealand box office or online HERE
Otherwise follow the links directly on the Orchestra Wellington Website

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Creative New Zealand
Michael Fowler Centre


With Dads Day coming up this Sunday the 7th of September, we’re giving you the chance to go into a DAILY DRAW to win a DOUBLE PASS to the Orchestra Wellington concert!

What a perfect treat for Dad (or even keep it for yourself & a friend!)

Simply answer this question:


(CLUE…he’s a composer featured in this Sunday’s concert!)

Simply email your answer to and you’ll go into the draw. A winner will be drawn everyday and notified by 6PM DAILY until the day of the concert.


Good Luck and we look forward to seeing you Sunday!

*Offer available from TICKETEK online or box office. Usual terms, conditions & booking fees apply

Meet Kieran Rayner, our guest for the upcoming 


"His voice, projection, singing and stage presence were a revelation … He is a young talent to watch." - Garth Wilshere, Capital Times
Kieran Rayner is one of New Zealand’s up and coming classical baritones. He recently graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma of Music (Classical Performance Voice) from the NZ School of Music, studying under Emily Mair and Margaret Medlyn. His performing career so far has encompassed an eclectic range of styles, including Music Hall, Shakespeare scenes, and period dance.

His solo operatic work includes roles in Alcina (Handel) and The Journey to Rheims (Rossini) with Opera in a Day’s Bay Garden, The Seven Deadly Sins (Weill), Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni), and the NZSM’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten, 2011), Semele (Handel, 2009) and Polly (Gay, 2007). 
Recent oratorio performances include Missa Solemnis (Beethoven, Vector Wellington Orchestra/Orpheus Choir), The Messiah (Handel, Opus Orchestra/Hamilton Civic Choir), St Matthew Passion (Bach, Vector Wellington Orchestra/Orpheus Choir), Seven Last words of Christ (Dubois and Schütz settings), Requiem (Faure), Mass in D Major (Dvorak), Mass (Saint-Saens), and a solo TV appearance in Wellington Cathedral’s Nine Lessons and Carols 2010. 

Awards he has received include:
Adastra Foundation Scholarship 2012
Sir Alan Stewart Postgraduate Scholarship 2011
Moyra Todd Memorial Scholarship, 2010
Victoria University Student Trust Scholarship, 2009
Marie D’Albini Scholarship (University of Auckland), 2009
Les & Sonia Andrews Cultural Foundation Scholarship (NSZM), 2008 

Last year he won 1st place for Modern Chanson in the Alliance Française Song Competition, and has been runner up for the Dame Malvina Major Wellington Aria (2009 and 2011), and a finalist in the Napier Computer Systems Aria (2012).

He has been a core member of the Chapman Tripp NZ Opera Chorus since 2008, appearing in La Bohème, Jenufa, L’Italiana in Algeri, Eugene Onegin, Le Nozze di Figaro, Macbeth, and Xerxes, and this year will be singing in Rigoletto and The Bartered Bride.
To secure your tickets to see Kieran alongside Orchestra Wellington go to

This is Leila Adu.

Leila rocks.

Leila is in Ghana researching international trends in electronic music and hip-hop.

Leila is our 2014 Emerging Composer-in-Residence.

Orchestra Wellington will debut a piece currently being written by Leila as part of our 2015 Concert Series.

We are very excited.

That is all.

Orchestra Wellington presents “Songs of a Wayfarer”

Sunday September 7 The Opera House 4pm

Orchestra Wellington conducted by Marc Taddei

Featuring: Kieran Rayner, baritone

Haydn: Symphony No.85, Bb major “The Queen”

Schnittke: Moz-Art à la Haydn

Mahler arr Schoenberg: Songs of a Wayfarer

Haydn: Symphony No 86, D major

Free pre-concert talk with Music Director, Marc Taddei, and guest(s) at 3pm

Kieran Rayner is a versatile young baritone who has impressed Wellington audiences in roles ranging from Handel’s Alcina to Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. His appearances with Orchestra Wellington embrace the same diversity: Bernstein’s Candide and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Now Kieran takes a solo spot singing Mahler’s bittersweet tribute to the young and lovelorn, “Songs of a Wayfarer”. This song cycle is one of Mahler’s most popular works, setting the energy of a young and volatile heart against music that paints the beauty of nature.

Haydn’s Paris symphonies are a feature of Orchestra Wellington’s 2014 season, and this concert features two of them: Symphony No 86, and number 85, called “La Reine” because Marie Antoinette herself expressed her pleasure in it. Haydn’s personal style had free rein in these works, written for a wealthy and cultured Paris audience who could appreciate his genius. For the final symphony in this series, Haydn created a richly-scored work to showcase the large and skilful Paris orchestra that commissioned him. 

In 1783, Mozart wrote music for a pantomime based on commedia dell’arte figures, for friends and family to perform. Most of the music has vanished, but Russian composer Alfred Schnittke fashioned a witty tribute out of what remains.

and to secure your tickets for this concert head online to TICKETEK or visit the box office.

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Ticketek New Zealand



With just over 1 week to go until our next concert 'SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE' next Saturday, here are a few words from our head conductor & music director Marc Taddei on the ideas behind the shows ‘Bird’ theme!

"Sometimes as programmers we get a little ‘cute’ with concepts and I could not resist the idea of a ‘bird’ concert! Of course, themes like this work only if the music is first rate! I love the connection between the master of the 20th Century and his teacher. One can clearly hear the exoticism that Stravinsky absorbed from Rimsky-Korsakov. These are two orchestral tours de force. The Ravel G major concerto is a genius work of modernism that is clearly inspired by Jazz while the Haydn symphony expertly balances the grave G-minor tonality with a light-hearted quality that soon wins out” 

For a full rundown of the concert head HERE

Tickets are still available online from TICKETEK NEW ZEALAND

and also from the Ticketek Box Office so don’t forget to utilise our special offer, by presenting your PITA & THE WOLF’ stub (or proof of purchase as your details will be on file) you will get 50% OFF full-priced Adult and Gold Card Concession tickets!

Absolutely Positively Wellington

Calling all musicians, WE WANT YOU

It’s audition time again so take a look at the notice and head to our website for application forms & requirements or for more information contact

CONGRATULATIONS to Martin Stowers who WON our ‘WICKED WELLINGTON ADVENTURE - MUSICAL MAESTRO' Prize through Absolutely Positively Wellington!

He will be conducting the orchestra at the dress rehearsals, and sitting in on stage with the performers at our next concert ‘SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE

Here he is pictured alongside head conductor and musical director Marc Taddei. 

Follow his journey leading towards and on the BIG DAY on and our blog

Well done Martin!

With PITA & THE WOLF screaming into a sellout, lets take a closer look at our following concert SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE and specifically its special guest Pianist Lecturer Dr Jian Liu.

Chinese-American pianist Jian Liu, Lecturer in Piano at Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music, is a highly sought-after solo pianist, chamber musician, and educator. He has appeared on concert stages in China, Japan, Singapore, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United States and New Zealand, and with symphony orchestras in Europe and USA.  

Jian Liu’s performances have been broadcasted by various TV and radio stations including KPHO (CBS) in Phoenix, Arizona, CCTV in China, Suisse Romande Radio in Switzerland, and Radio NZ Concert in New Zealand. Phoenix New Times praised his playing as “if his life, and yours, depends upon his perfect execution”. Marlborough Express commended that “he challenged the audience to let their emotions ride with the sounds.” In 2012, Jian Liu was a guest artist for the New Zealand International Piano Festival in Auckland and undertook a 10-concert national concert tour for Chamber Music New Zealand. In 2013, he has performed the complete Debussy Etudes in both Wellington and Auckland.

At age 12, Jian Liu was accepted at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He moved to the United States when he was 15, and promptly won first place at the 6th Missouri Southern International Competition in 1996. Since then, Jian Liu has been honoured at various state, national, and international competitions, including the Phoenix Symphony Guilds Competition (USA) 1997, 3rd Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine) 1999, and MTNA Chamber Music Competition (USA) 2002. He has performed in many prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Rose Hall of Lincoln Center, Sprague Hall and Woolsey Hall of Yale University, Paul Hall of Juilliard School, and Recital Hall of Sydney Conservatorium. 

As a chamber musician, Jian Liu has featured alongside other world-class musicians such as cellist Jian Wang, clarinetist David Shifrin, flutist Ransom Wilson, Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Alexandre Lecarme, and Yale Department of Music violinist Sarita Kwok. In 2011, represented by Chamber Music New Zealand, he toured with violinist Martin Riseley and flutist Alexa Still in major centres in New Zealand. Together with violinist Martin Riseley and cellist Inbal Megiddo, Jian Liu formed the Te Kōkī Trio. Recently, the trio has performed concerts in New Zealand, Singapore and Sydney, Australia.

As an educator, Jian Liu was appointed the honorary professorship at the Qingdao University in 2012, and has given masterclasses and lectures at the Central Conservatory of Music in China, School of the Arts in Singapore, Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, as well as at Wellesley College, East Carolina University, and Yale University in the United States. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the faculty collaborative pianist at the Yale School of Music, and appointed as an instructor at Yale Department of Music. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano and Bachelor of Science in Business from Arizona State University, as well as Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale School of Music, under the tutelage of Claude Frank. 

Tickets for SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE are available from HERE