On Wednesday 14th December Dalewool were honoured to share the Auckland Town Hall stage (“the best classical music venue in New Zealand”) with some outstanding local acts.
The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, The Roger Fox Big Band and the Auckland Choral Society all came together with the NZ Band of the Year to commemorate this amazing hall’s 100th birthday.
The band performed Lionel Ritchie’s ‘All Night Long’, Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Georgia On My Mind’, ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’ and the classic march ‘Death Or Glory’. John Lewis left the capacity crowd shouting for more with ‘Georgia’, but he’s getting used to that…
On Sunday 18th December the band performed at the Hinchco Family Winery in Matakana to add a little surprise to the 90th birthday party of our incredible patron, Peter McDermott.
Sneaking through the pouring rain to get behind Peter and launch in to his favourite march ‘Death Or Glory’, the entire band happily gave up a precious Christmas Sunday to say a big thank you to Peter and to be part of the celebration.
Led by professional conductor Howard Taylor (shipped especially from Brisbane for the day) the band and intimate audience had a fun afternoon playing the family’s favourites and a few Christmas numbers too.
Peter has already booked the band to perform at his 100th… Happy Birthday Peter!
Dalewool Auckland Brass, NZ Band of the Year, took to the stage once more with The Graduate Choir NZ on Saturday 3rd December for this eagerly anticipated annual event.
Joined by a crowd of over 500 people from all across New Zealand both ensembles delivered stunning programmes and left the stage to a standing ovation and cries for more… you’ll have to wait for next year!
Highlights included the choir’s arrangement of ‘Silent Night’ in both Maori and English, the band’s major reworking of ‘Gaudete’ and Ken Cant’s performance of ‘Merry Christmas Darling’ by the Carpenter’s, dedicated to his Mother visiting from the UK.
The audience became more confident as the evening continued and by the time we got to the final ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ the band and choir may well have been able to sneak out of a side door and the cathedral would still have remained full of music.
We spent a lot of time talking to audience members during and after the concert and we’re grateful for your comments and suggestions, we’re already working on implementing some of them to add further polish for next year.
The concert also heralded the reintroduction of our subscription offers… Save big money coming to see the band next year, click here for details.