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Theme for 1st May 2016 meeting

Owen Moriarty

Giving us a preview of his up-coming St. Andrews solo concert.


Owen Moriarty

Born and raised in Wellington, Owen completed his Masters at Massey University in 2003, before heading to the US where he studied at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) with James Smith and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet members Scott Tennant and Bill Kanengiser. He also studied with Brian Head, Martha Masters, and Pepe Romero and participated in master classes with guitar luminaries Odair and Sergio Assad and Grammy award winning guitarist David Russell.

Apart from his general public performances, Owen has released 3 CDs through ODE Records – a self-titled debut (double) CD, Da Chara (Duo Tapas – violin/guitar), andThe Storm (NZ Guitar Quartet).

A founding member of both Duo Tapas and the New Zealand Guitar Quartet, Owen has established himself as one of New Zealand’s most sort after chamber musicians. He is a touring artist with Arts on Tour and in 2013 completed his 6th tour with Chamber Music NZ. He has also given concerto performances with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, the Devonport Chamber Orchestra, The Massey University Chamber Orchestra, and the Livewires Guitar Orchestra.

Aside from his professional performances, Owen has also been a prize winner in several competitions, including: the Rotorua Concerto Competition, the Gisborne International Music Competition, the ASTA/Green Competition (California), the Bangkok International Guitar Competition, and the Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition (London).

Having performed all around New Zealand, in recent years Owen has also given performances in Australia, USA, Portugal, Mexico, Thailand, Spain and the United Kingdom.



Other things happening at the meeting…


Guitar Ensemble:

Of course we will start with our Guitar Ensemble.

If you are not part of this – be brave – choose a part that suits your ability – get the music and start practising.


Owen has very kindly (as he does each year) taken responsibility for organising the guitar ensemble music. The pieces we are playing for a start are the following:


  1. Joropo
  2. Tyrolean Cradle Song
  3. The Sage Leaf
  4. Going Cuckoo
  5. The Water is wide.


We will also look at a few more from the ones that Owen provided last meeting.


Please decide which part you will be playing and stick with that for all pieces and throughout the year. This will really help the ensemble develop and of course it is better for you as well. I will be on part 2 this year.


If you do not have a copy yet of the ensemble pieces, fear not – you can share at the meeting.


Members playing

I encourage people to play a piece. And please remember – it does not have to be the hardest piece in the world. And also it does not have to be played perfectly to be enjoyable for others to listen to.

Any one who has something to play would be very welcome. This is a big part of what we are about – lots of us playing  guitar.

It would be great to hear more playing from others.

It could be a future or previous exam piece for example. Or just something you have been working on recently.

See you there this coming Sunday for more enjoyable guitar playing and listening.



Others things happening…

Owen Moriaty – guitarist

Owen will be playing a solo recital at St Andrews on the Terrace on Wednesday 11th May from 12.15 to 1pm. Please eat your lunch if you wish as you listen.

Vladimir Gorbach


This will be a great concert on Friday May 27th at 7.30 pm. In the Adam concert room, at NZ School of music.

Contact for more details, including location.


Future meeting

June 5th 2016

Feature spot yet to be decided.


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