Classical guitar society a gem in New Plymouth's cultural scene

The Taranaki Classical Guitar Society organises the  Summer School every two years.
Jonathan Cameron

The Taranaki Classical Guitar Society organises the Summer School every two years.

The New Plymouth Classical Guitar Society is another gem in our local cultural scene, a

dedicated group that works hard to ensure that this very special branch of music flourishes in

our region.

Not only do they organise the biennial summer schools, but they also have an

ongoing teaching programme, and now a series of concerts with leading proponents of the art.


There are four concerts in the next seven weeks, all at the cosy and comfortable 4th Wall

Theatre at 7.30pm.

The first is on Sunday, July 31 and features Duo Vela, comprising American classical flutist

Marla Nistico and her husband, Australian-born guitarist Daniel Nistico. Marla is a graduate

of Eastman School of Music, and Daniel is nearing completion of his Doctorate of Musical

Arts there. Together they have toured the United States, China and Australasia, enchanting

audiences with the sounds and rhythms of different lands.


August 6 sees renowned French guitar professor Ingrid Riollot in performance, and on

August 17 it is the turn of Australian Stephanie Jones, currently studying in Germany.

The series concludes on September 6 with Dr Marek Pasieczny from Poland, together with Dr

Jane Curry from the New Zealand School of Music.

Dr Pasieczny is one of the most respected contemporary composers for the guitar worldwide and the programme will be an

exciting combination of Polish and New Zealand works.


These won't be just the usual concerts where the performer is a distant figure on the stage that

the audience may connect with briefly through the music. There will be chances for informal

chats and a sneak preview of their concerts at "Meet and Greet" events at Pianoworks.

Inquiries to Debbi Harvey 06 758 3114 or There will also be

opportunities for private lessons and masterclasses. All inquiries and bookings with

Dominique Blatti: 06 752 7400 or


Don't forget Tunes Ancient and Modern by The Madrigal Companie on Saturday July 23 at

4th Wall Theatre. Tickets are $20 Adult, $5 Student. Book at 4th Wall.

Looking ahead, there are two great concerts showcasing the young musicians of the region.


Student Stars features some of the contestants in the recent NPO Concerto Competition

playing concerto movements with the combined Taranaki Youth Orchestra and New

Plymouth Orchestra, conducted by Adam Jasinski. That's on Saturday August 13 at 7.30pm

at the Theatre Royal. Tickets from Pianoworks, Palmers Garden Centre and at the door.


Then on Saturday August 20 there's Singing is Life! with three school choirs joining Ars

Nova Choir for Rutter's Mass of the Children, conducted by Christopher Luke. It's at 2pm

at the TSB Theatre. Tickets at Ticketmaster. More on these next column, but put the dates in

your diary now.

 - Stuff

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