Adam Jasinski is now a long distance conductor

Last updated 05:00 16/05/2012
Cameron Burnell/Fairfax NZ

Full swing: New Plymouth Orchestra musical director Adam Jasinski conducting during a rehearsal.

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Adam Jasinski may not be living in Taranaki any more but he'll still lead the way for the New Plymouth Orchestra as its musical director.

Mr Jasinski, who lost his job when the Practical Education Institute closed, has since found another position in Blenheim.

This means that after 14 years of conducting the orchestra he's had to move away.

"The orchestra is very sad that he's had to leave the district but on the upside he's not lost to us completely," orchestra vice president and Midweek columnist Anne Bovett.

Because he won't be in town for most of the orchestra's practices Christopher Luke, the musical director at Taranaki Cathedral, stepped up as the rehearsal conductor.

Mr Jasinski will be back in town and waving the baton for some of the orchestra's concerts.

"It's a model that's very common amongst orchestras," Mrs Bovett explains. "It's the way the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) works.

"They have an overall director that might conduct a certain number of their concerts."

The NZSO does about 30 to 40 concerts a year and their musical director would conduct about a third of them, Mrs Bovett says. Other concerts are taken by guest conductors.

"So we're following a similar model."

Having two conductors will benefit the orchestra as they are both musical-maestros with a wealth of experience to call upon.

"It will be a nice balance," Mrs Bovett says.

"That will be the upside; we've found a fantastic rehearsal conductor in Christopher. He's doing a wonderful job and he's working extremely well with Adam and the orchestra."

One of the gigs Mr Jasinski will be back to conduct is the orchestra's upcoming Student Stars concert on July 22.

This concert is special because the New Plymouth Orchestra will combine with the Taranaki Youth Orchestra.

Musical guru Harry Brown says Mr Jasinski made a `wonderful difference to the orchestra.'

"From the very first concert the sound of the orchestra was different. He's been a most co-operative and popular musician here. He's done a wonderful job."

Mr Brown believes that the orchestra is in good hands with Mr Luke.

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