Showing posts with label Matthew Wilson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matthew Wilson. Show all posts

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Nature's Bounty sounds

Thinking back to the "Nature's Bounty" concert on 23 March 2013, the first concert in City Choir Dunedin's very exciting and successful 150th anniversary celebration year, we are pleased to present these recordings from that performance. The Southern Sinfonia provided orchestral support and David Burchell was the musical director and conductor.

A happy coincidence was the celebration in 2013 of the 150th anniversary of the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, and the theme of this concert also reflected that milestone.

For What Can Be More Beautiful? was composed by Christopher Marshall to mark the 150th anniversary of the Dunedin Choral Society (now performing as City Choir Dunedin). Although now living and working in Florida, Christopher Marshall is a New Zealander, and lived in Dunedin for two years while a Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago in 1994-6. When we approached him we mentioned the confluence of the Botanic Garden’s anniversary with our own, and so texts involving natural imagery seemed right for the occasion.


Christopher Marshall's For What Can be More Beautiful? Into the Garden commissioned and premièred by City Choir Dunedin (Photos credit: Ian Thomson)



Christopher Marshall's For What Can be More Beautiful? The Joy of Fruit commissioned and premièred by City Choir Dunedin (Photos credit: Ian Thomson)




Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast 
Tenor: Matthew Wilson
(Photos credit: Ian Thomson)

The text for this cantata, describing the splendours of an American-Indian wedding banquet, is from the well-known epic poem “The Song of Hiawatha” by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson

Biography for Matthew Wilson, Tenor

Matthew Wilson was born in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, and started his musical education at the age of five with piano lessons. Whilst attending Palmerston North Boys’ High School he developed a love of choral singing and joined the OK Chorale under the direction of Graeme Young.

Matthew started singing lessons at the age of 16, which gave him the confidence to audition for the Performance Voice programme at the University of Otago.

During 2012 he was a member of both the National Youth Choir of New Zealand and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain in London, sang the role of Don Curzio in Opera Otago’s production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and the role of The Defendant in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury for The Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust. Matthew will complete his Bachelor of Music at the end of 2012, and plans to study Speech and Language Therapy in Auckland or Christchurch the following year.