Welcome to Queenstown

Our professional and emerging artists have touched down in Queenstown! Festival Director, Anne Rodda warmly welcomed everyone involved, compensating for a classic Queenstown southerly. Musicians, host families, sponsors and staff got the chance to settle in and meet each other before a jam-packed week of music. The excitement is growing as our musicians prepare to truly bring the hills alive with music.  Tomorrow kicks off the week with community workshops hosted by world-class professional artists. Join us this…

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Introducing this year’s Young Artists

This year we have a dozen extremely talented emerging artists joining us for the festival. These young artists aged 18 to 28 have made waves both here in New Zealand and overseas. Although covid has placed some restrictions on them…. It means we are lucky enough to have them perform and engage with the community here in Queenstown! Most recently five of our young artists took part in the National String Comp etition and Lewis Eady National Piano…

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Final day festival wrap-up
Wakatipu Music Festival Closing Ceremony

Final day festival wrap-up

And, just like that, the Whakatipu Music Festival is all finished for 2021. What a wonderful whirlwind of classical music! We are so lucky to have gathered such immense musical talent and music lovers together in Queenstown this long weekend. A true match made in heaven (or the mountains, depends how you look at it!) Thank you so much for joining us for this inaugural classical music event. Everyone's support counts massively towards our overall success, we thank you…

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Day 3 Highlights!

Sunday sunshine came for our morning Community Music Showcase. Stunning performances from a variety of ages, genres, and abilities - all talented and wonderful people! Continuing our celebration of music into the afternoon, our second instalment of Young Artist Recitals was a beautiful melody of sound. Into the evening, our Young Artists came together for a Chamber Ensemble concert. Professionally captured and recorded for posterity with the help of RNZ Concert, The Violin Channel, and TomTom Productions, relive…

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Day 2 Highlights!
Anna Leese, soprano, with Stephen De Pledge, piano

Day 2 Highlights!

Saturday 5 June saw Whakatipu Music Festival step into an all-day musical groove. Kicking off with our Community Music Showcase featuring local musicians in the morning! It's great to see so much budding musical talent of all ages and abilities from across the Whakatipu Basin. A lovely opportunity for youngsters to perform together and gain confidence on-stage. We look forward to seeing further community performances scheduled for Sunday and Monday at 9:30am - get tickets here! A lazy, rainy Saturday…

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About last night…
NZTrio perform with Jonathan Cohen, clarinet

About last night…

Whakatipu Music Festival opened with a bang last night! For a first-time festival, our opening reception hosted by Craig's Investment Partners was a roaring success. At 7pm, our first evening concert got into full swing! NZTrio performed on-stage with Jonathan Cohen, clarinet, to much fanfare from the audience. Our classical music lovers around the world also got a taste of Whakatipu Music Festival on our Facebook livestream. Thank you to RNZ Concert, The Violin Channel, and TomTom Productions for making…

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Community Outreach
Community Engagement featuring Young Artists & local school groups

Community Outreach

By reaching out to local schools, Whakatipu Music Festival hopes to inspire youngsters to step into music. Festival artists visited Remarkables Primary, Shotover Primary, Liger Leadership Academy, and Whakatipu High School to aid the flourishing of the arts in our community. See shots below!

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Practising and Preaching
Artists practise together

Practising and Preaching

So, we know that Whakatipu Music Festival musicians are in town. The festival kicks off on Friday. What must the artists be doing for those few days in between? Rehearsals and Community Outreach!   Thomas Brown Gallery played host to a teacher training talk followed by an open class led by professional artists. Community invitations to music teachers and students seeking to up their game and learn from the best gathered together a joyful crowd. Collaborative participation from all…

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