29 Nov 2018
Location: Christchurch, Hastings, Wellington
Funding: Toi Tōtara Haemata Investment Programme, $1.7 million
In 2017, Chamber Music New Zealand and the IHC Foundation partnered to produce a series of accessible concerts around the country. These performances focused on inclusion and participation for diverse audiences, and were led by musician Julian Raphael. Three performances took place in Christchurch, Hastings and Wellington featuring chamber music groups Les Bons Vivants and the Aroha Ensemble.
Audience members were encouraged to move and express themselves as they wished. “The music becomes the language of connection when perhaps words and gestures don’t work. Music becomes a way that everyone can actually feel what’s happening,” said Julian.
The musicians worked with groups from the Hohepa communities and local specialist schools in the week leading up to the concerts. They found that learning songs before the concerts and building trust leads to higher levels of participation and a more relaxed environment. “It’s all about making the arts accessible to everybody,” said Sue Jane of Chamber Music New Zealand.
The Chamber Music New Zealand and IHC Foundation partnership is now in its second year with four concerts taking place in 2018.
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