NZ School of Music – Guitar large ensemble
It is always wonderful to see these fresh and enthusiastic young players following their passion to play great ensemble guitar music. This part of the program will start at about 5.30pm. Come and enjoy!
Meeting will be held at Thistle Hall
293 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington
The meeting will start at 4.15 and finish at 6.30 pm.
Access to the meeting room is through an open door on the side of the building in Arthur Street. Then go upstairs to the first floor.
Clyde will start us off with an introduction simpler piece for all in a group situation. Many thanks to Clyde for the contributions he makes to our group in this area.
Such a great opportunity to have musical fun and develop musical skills. For this month we will focus on the pieces as follows:
Meridian (Richard Charlton)
Baby Elephant Walk.
Milonga Del Angel
Awake Sweet Love
Note that the whole document with these and the rest of the pieces for 2018 is here: WCGS 2018 Music Pdf
Please practice your parts. Then you will enjoy things more and the playing will go better.
As usual we will have time for members playing. Either ensembles, duos or solos. And please, it does not have to be “classical” music that you perform. Jazz , pop , folk. And also “own compositions” are very welcome.
We had as our guest artist Gunter Herbig. Due to a power cut we could not at the last minute use our normal Thistle Hall venue so we finally found a place at the Quality Inn further down Cuba Street.
Unfortunately there was quite a lot of background noise. However in spite of this Gunter presented a wonderful performance of lovely pieces by New Zealand Composer Bruce Paine. Interesting music so well played.
Gunter has recorded several CD’s. They are available as below. In general this is the sort of music they is best appreciated with repeated listening.
Listen to Gunter’s bestselling CD “Hauturu – Where the Winds Rest” online at
In May 2009, Naxos, the world’s largest classical music label released Gunter’s second CD “Prospero Dreaming – New Zealand Guitar Music by Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar” (Naxos 8.572185) which received a 5-star review from the NZ Herald.
In June 2017, Naxos released “Dream Weaving – New Zealand Guitar Music Volume 2” (Naxos 8.573765).
(Ulrich Hermann, The New Listener), October 2017:
“On the whole, this second CD by Gunter Herbig is a masterpiece, as it is very rarely heard in the inexhaustible – almost sprawling – repertoire of guitar music on such a high musical and authentically lived level”
(Hans Hofer, Coburger Tageblatt), January 2006:
“(Gunter Herbig) is an absolute master of his metier; he performed with dreamlike secure virtuosity, from breathed harmonics to fully realised orchestral flights of an entirely explored dynamic scale”
Ricardo from LaGuitare.com (France), November 2007:
“His playing is incredible, how can you communicate such power with an instrument just made of wood and nylon strings?
…Fabulous, totally and extraordinarily fabulous.”
William Dart, NZ Herald, about “Prospero Dreaming”:
“Gunter Herbig is one of our finest guitarists… The essential character of much of the music on this CD comes from its sounding as if it might have been improvised on the spot. That Herbig has conveyed this impression, with no sacrifice of tonal beauty or structural logic, is a mark of his artistry.” (Five stars)