THIS YEAR OUR "MUSICIAN INTERVIEWS" BRING YOU A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE 2016 PROGRAMME.
Interviews by Renee Tanner. Photography by Sarah Allen and supplied by APO.
AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
INTERVIEW WITH GORDON HILL, APO BASS PLAYER
How long has the orchestra been in operation and where is it based?
The APO is New Zealand's only full time professional Metropolitan orchestra. It has been in existence since 1980, as what was then known as the Auckland Regional Orchestra. The APO's home is the beautiful Auckland Town Hall.
DOES THE APO HAVE WEST AUCKLAND CONNECTIONS
David Samuel, who will be playing viola for our performance, lives in Massey. I would estimate that a dozen or so players in the larger orchestra also live in West Auckland.
WHY HAS THE APO CHOSEN THIS PARTICULAR PIECE (BEETHOVEN SEPTET) TO FEATURE FOR THE FIRST PERFORMANCE AT OUR FESTIVAL?
We have chosen the Beethoven Septet for a couple of reasons. The Septet is one of Beethoven's greatest and most popular early works. Also, being a septet (7 players), it is the perfect size for performances at Festivals like Titirangi. It is a seriously great piece of music and I guarantee that everyone who attends will leave whistling the tunes! David Samuel, who will be playing viola for our performance, lives in Massey. I would estimate that a dozen or so players in the larger orchestra also live in West Auckland.
HOW MANY FULL TIME / PART TIME PEOPLE DOES THE ORCHESTRA EMPLOY?
The full orchestra comprises 70 full-time musicians and a management staff of 25.
HOW LARGE A PART DOES MUSIC EDUCATION PLAY IN ORCHESTRA OPERATIONS
Education is a major part of the APO's activities. Through its numerous APO Connecting (education, outreach, and community) initiatives the APO offers opportunities to more than 20,000 young people and adults nationwide to participate in music, ranging from hip-hop to contemporary and classical. Our APOPs programme partners with schools across Auckland to bring small ensemble groups into classrooms, and also into the Town Hall to see our concerts. APO has a great relationship with the University of Auckland School of Music, helping young musicians to reach their potential. We also have great fun introducing the orchestra to pre-schoolers through our APO 4 Kids concerts, as well as free family Open Orchestra days.
THIS YEAR MARKS THE 11TH TITIRANGI FESTIVAL OF MUSIC EVENT. HOW DOE YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING INVOLVED?
I’m really looking forward to being involved in the festival. I spend quite a bit of time in Titirangi. It’s a wonderful place to spend a lazy Saturday or Sunday with its great cafes and restaurants. When not playing with the orchestra or practicing, I spend a lot of my spare time flyfishing for kingfish on the Manukau Harbour. Titirangi is the place where I "fuel up" before fishing. I feel very comfortable there.
HAVE YOU PLAYED IN TITIRANGI BEFORE?
This will be my first time performing in Titirangi.
IF YOU WERE TO CHOOSE A CLASSIC NZ SONG TO DEDICATE TO AUCKLAND'S WEST COAST, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Without doubt.... "Nature" by Wayne Mason.
Listen here: The Fourmyula "Nature" by Wayne Mason
APO - ENSEMBLE CONCERT
- Sunday, April 17, 2016
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm
- Green Bay High School Auditorium
VIEW FULL DETAILS in on the Programme page HERE