Christmas Concert 2010 – Retrospective

Dalewool Auckland Brass’ Christmas concert with The Graduate Choir, New Zealand is almost as well established and traditional now as the festive season itself.

Completing the Holy Trinity is the wonderful Parnell Cathedral, holding the best part of a thousand people, some by the coach load, from right across Auckland and beyond.

The Graduate Choir need no introduction here; led by the inimitable Terence Maskell they have been described as a ‘national treasure’, in high demand to perform across the country and beyond, for international dignitaries such as our own Prime Ministers and even US President Bill Clinton.

Dalewool’s Musical Director for the evening, Rupert D’Cruze, comes from a strong choral background and this is clear in the way the band performs; assured, confident, and full of contrast, colour and expression.

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The evening was also used to launch ‘Christmas Magic’ a brand new album featuring the music of both the band and choir, separate and together. Much of the music on this CD was appropriately featured during the concert.

It is hard to choose highlights when everything on offer shone so brightly, but for me the Wilcox carol arrangements (O Come all Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing) simply cannot be topped, such almighty sounds, and what an amazing venue for the music to fill.

Each ensemble also brought something of their own to the event; during a haunting, a capella rendition of Silent Night it was almost possible to believe that the whole of Parnell had slowed to a reflective halt. Dalewool Brass offered some fine soloists, notably cornet player John Lewis strolling effortlessly through O Holy Night and Carolyn Ramsbottom debuting with the band and her warm and dark Away In A Manger. Appropriate on a muggy Auckland evening!

Traditional Christmas music and light, festive works were the order of the day, but the brass band reminded us why they are New Zealand’s best with Prokofiev’s Troika from the film Lieutenant Kije. The final flourish of this three minute thrill-ride, packed with energy and style, may still be ringing around the Cathedral now!

We all left full of Christmas spirit (and a little wine), and many of us with a souvenir in the form of a CD. The album itself is beautifully performed by both ensembles, timeless music that is sure to be treasured each year at this time. I hope the high standards of recent years continue in to 2011 and beyond, consistently Auckland’s finest musical Christmas present.


Ian O’Malley

ianomalleyWanganui born Ian O’Malley started his brass career on the Tenor Horn at the age of nine with Wanganui City Brass. After only a short while on the instrument he was taken under Kevin Jarrett’s wing and was fortunate enough to continue tuition with him right through until the end of his high school education at Wanganui High School.

He made the switch from Tenor Horn to Baritone very early on, on which he stayed until year 13. Ian achieved success during these years on the Baritone, winning six national junior solo and ensemble titles between the ages of 15 and 17, as well as representing Brass Wanganui in a number of National Secondary Schools Brass Bands and National Youth Brass Bands, holding the seat of 1st Baritone in the National Youth Brass Band and Principal Euphonium in the National Secondary Schools Brass Band.Read More

In 2006 Ian moved to Dunedin to study music performance with Welsh Euphonium virtuosi Steve Miles at the University of Otago and he played with the St Kilda Brass Band. A month after his arrival in Dunedin he accompanied the band to Brisbane where he came 2nd in his field in the Australian National Brass Band championships. After the New Zealand National competition later that year, he made a permanent shift to the Euphonium.

During the following two years of his music degree he held the seat of Principal Euphonium for the St Kilda Band and for the National Youth Brass Band. In 2008 Ian worked part time at the Southern Brass Academy as both a conductor and itinerant brass teacher in many primary schools throughout Dunedin.

The next year Ian moved to Wellington to study education at Victoria University. He was again selected as Principal Euphonium for the National Youth Brass Band’s 50th anniversary tour to Japan in July, 2009. Ian moved to Hamilton after the Japan tour, where he still resides. He currently teaches a combined year 4 and 5 class at Marian School in Hamilton East. Ian travels up to Auckland on Monday and Thursday afternoons after school to play 2nd euphonium with Dalewool Auckland Brass.

Soar Printing

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Founded in 1920 it is still today a family owned and run business. Their commitment is to produce high quality printing to a wide range of customers including Advertising agencies, manufacturers, retailers and other corporates at a reasonable price.

Soar Printing employ strict quality control procedures and are ISO 9001 certified. Their staff are highly skilled and trained and all are focused on the principle of “do it right first time every time”. Using the most up to date equipment in all departments they can take any job from concept through to finished product, at all times liaising with their customers to ensure that their needs are met.

In-house designers, fully computerised prepress, computer to plate technology, fully automated printing presses which are kept up to date, and the installation of a new multi colour press, mean that Soar provide their customers with exceptional print quality and service.

At present Soar Printing run around the clock – 6 days a week. They also have a logistic operation to enable computerised storage, pick and dispatch system which allows their customers to gain cost advantages by ordering in bulk and having deliveries made at specific times to fulfill JIT (Just In Time) deadlines.

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John Lewis

john-lewisJohn Lewis was born in Fiordland. Later, he was brought up on his parent’s dairy farm near Invercargill. He began playing the cornet at age nine with the H&H Cougar Brass Band (now Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Brass) and later went on to study for a Bachelor of Music at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

At this time, John was appointed Principal Cornet of the St Kilda Brass Band. Four years later, John graduated from Otago University with a first class honours degree and won several scholarships for graduating first in his class.

In 1997 he won a Royal Overseas League Scholarship which allowed him to travel to London to perform at St Martins in the Fields, St James Piccadilly, The Great Hall at Dartington International Summer School and at the Royal Overseas League headquarters in London. Following this success, John returned to the books again to study for a diploma in Journalism at the Peter Arnette School of Journalism where he won several more scholarships for graduating first in class. He is an award winning Journalist and was formerly Assistant Editor of Brass Band World Magazine in the United Kingdom. At present, he is a reporter at The Otago Daily Times.

John has won the New Zealand Cornet Championship several times. In 2001, he achieved the incredible, winning not only the New Zealand Cornet Championship, but also the Australian Cornet Championship, the Australian Champion of Champions, the New Zealand Champion of Champions and the New Zealand Invitation Slow Melody Contest – making him the Australasian Champion of Champions and the first to win all five internationally contested events in the same year.

Following his 2001 solo success, John returned to the UK which enabled him to realise his aspirations of playing for one of the finest brass bands in the world – Brighouse and Rastrick. He held the position of Assistant Principal Cornet of B&R from 2001-2005.

More recently, John has been the Principal Cornet of the 2005, 2007 and 2009 National Bands of New Zealand and is the New Zealand 2011 Cornet Champion and Champion of Champions. Dalewool Auckland Brass are very privileged to have someone of John’s pedigree to lead them into the next exciting new episode of the bands history.

AIS St Helens

logo-ais-st-helensAIS St Helens is the largest private degree granting institution in New Zealand, with a roll of around 1,000 students of whom 75% are international students from over 30 different countries.

The institute was established in 1990 as an English language and business school. Now at its Main and Asquith Campuses in Mt Albert, Auckland, the Institute offers a range of qualifications including an MBA programme; Bachelor’s degrees in Arts, International Business and Tourism Management; a Graduate Diploma in IT, and undergraduate diplomas and certificates in hospitality, computing, business, tourism and TESOL, in addition to general and academic English and IELTS training.

The institute is pleased to be associated with Dalewool Auckland Brass as a sponsor, and looks forward to introducing more of its students and staff from around the world to the band’s professional performances and to this popular and long-standing feature of Kiwi culture and lifestyle.

For further information please visit the Institute’s website.

Mt Wellington Foundation Ltd

mt-wellington-foundationMt Wellington Foundation Ltd is a Charitable Society located in Mt Wellington who distributes funds to the local community from the proceeds of gaming machines operated in two venues in Panmure, East Auckland.

The Foundation supports a cross section of non profit community groups, charities, welfare agencies, educational organisations and amateur sporting organisations.

Pub Charity

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All funds are raised through the support of
Pub Charity Limited’s venues.