Former All Blacks captain Anton Oliver is on tour with the NZSO this week as their guest narrator in the classic tale "Peter and the Wolf". Check in each day for an update on where they are and what he and the band are up to.
It's official - the NZSO received its first ever standing ovation in Te Anau.
We played in the town's event centre which was packed and the crowd clapped generously after every piece of music. Talking to members of the audience after the performance it was clear that they had been so starved of any type of classical music that when they saw the NZSO perform last night they were overcome with joy and adulation.
When I was narrating my story it was clear that not many of the people knew the story as there were shocks and gasps after the dramatic moments. Right at the end when Prokofiev reveals that the duck was still alive loads of children cheered!
I feel that its audience turnout, participation and comment like last night and in Gore that completely vindicates the decision to bring the NZSO here.
We've received so many kind comments and warm appreciation that it's warmed all of our cockles immeasurably: let's hope that funding issues don't stop tours like this in the future.
After yesterday's performance Malcom Struthers and I spoke to St Peter's College in Gore and then
popped into a The Green Room Cafe for a quick coffee before we hit the road.
I had a cup of tea out of a lovely little teapot with a lovely art deco design which, importantly, poured the tea excellently: so many teapots look nice but fail on this crucial point!
Anyhow the proprietor GAVE me the pot, which was such a kind gesture that I've decided to use the blog to advertise their cafe for the best cafe in NZ! If you've got the time it would be great to text the appropriate numbers as a show of support for these lovely people: text 7164 to 4249, or go to nzcafeoftheyear.co.nz for details!
Te Anau is a seriously beautiful place. The weather has been pretty wild here, adding to the drama - lake and mountains, tuis and bellbirds chirping ubiquitously.
Following on with the culinary bent to these blogs I had a venison pie for lunch which would have to be in the top five pies I've ever had: it would almost be worth a trip to come to Te Anau just to enjoy its meaty delights.
I've got a busy day today. It starts with an one and a half hour trip to a school, staying there for a couple of hours, another hour or so trip to Gore for a couple of interviews then an hour to Balclutha for tonight's performance, and then back to Gore for supper and sleep.
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