We're almost there! Here's what we've been up to...
30 MONTHS AGO
Dear friends of Tākiri Ensemble,
We are writing from the Interislander Ferry, heading for Wellington where we will be based for the next few days before we perform our next concert in Waikanae!
We are absolutely delighted to have made it to 85% funded for our Boosted campaign to help us cover the costs of our tour. A huge thank-you to you all for helping us to get this far. The challenge is not over yet, but we are confident that with the excellent support and positivity of our growing audiences, we will reach 100% by Tuesday 1 September (in four short days)!
We have spent the last week in the South Island, performing in Wanaka and Motueka - prior to that we had our very first concert in Kaitaia. Our audiences have been overwhelming with their enthusiasm for our group and our programme. By far the most popular parts of our concerts have been the New Zealand compositions by Ross Harris, Anthony Ritchie and David Hamilton. We have noticed that people really feel a direct affinity with the poetry and the sound-worlds these composers have created; their music becomes even more potent when it is sung in the setting in which it was born. All the positive feedback is fuel for our artistic fire as a group - we are passionate about performing and creating Kiwi music; planning is already underway to commission more New Zealand compositions specifically for us.
Last week we had our first photo shoot as the Tākiri Ensemble on a stunning winter's morning on Omaha Beach, north of Auckland. We are delighted to share this photo with our Boosted friends - hopefully you can't tell how cold that water is!
We'd also like to share a special recording of Vaughan Williams' 'Linden Lea'. We recorded this during our educational concert held at Mahurangi College in Warkworth. Just click on this link to have a listen:
Anna, Kirsten, Bianca, Robert and Andrew