I unavoidably missed our last concert but am told it was wonderful - the Français was gorgeous and the new Ritchie work "Octopus" very approachable. We were touched that Donald Armstrong dedicated the concert to Lind Borren, a life member of the Society and our previous Treasurer, who died on Friday 6 July. More about Lind later in this newsletter.

Our August concert is something a little different. The Society has in the past hosted Kapiti Chamber Choir concerts as part of our series, and so we thought that it was time we did the same with the Kapiti Concert Orchestra. This Orchestra is gaining a good reputation in the Wellington region, so if you haven't heard them yet, here is an opportunity to do so under the very fine baton of conductor Kenneth Young. Jay Hancox, who is a member of the Society's Committee, is the orchestra Leader.




Overture :Coriolan", Opus 62 (1807)


Pavane, Opus 50 (1887)


Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor Soloist: Blythe Press


Overture "The Barber of Seville" (1816)


Serenade for Strings in E Major, Opus 22 (1875)


Jeux d'Enfants (Petite Suite)(1871)

Kenneth Young is one of New Zealand's leading conductors and composers. He is a skilled and passionate interpreter of the Romantic repertoire (for which this concert will be a perfect vehicle). He has also received recognition for his recordings of New Zealand orchestral music. Kenneth has worked with all the regional orchestras in New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the NZSO and the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted orchestras in Australia, Japan and Scotland. He has received commissions for compositions from Chamber Music NZ, NZSO, BBANZ, International Festival of the Arts, and Radio NZ. He has also been a member of the music faculty of Victoria University (now NZ School of Music) since 1988.

18 year old Kapiti violinist Blythe Press has just completed his first year studying with renowned violin teacher Professor Yair Kless in Graz, Austria where over the next two years he will complete his undergraduate degree. Prior to that he was studying with Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Concertmaster of the NZSO, at the New Zealand School of Music.

Competition successes include 2nd place in the 2005/6 National Concerto Competition and a finalist in the 2006 and 2007 Rotorua Concerto. In 2005, he became the youngest ever winner of the NZ School of Music Concerto Competition. He has performed solos with several Wellington orchestras and has given many solo and chamber music recitals. A member of the National Youth Orchestra from age 13, this year he is co-concertmaster. He was a founding member of the Kapiti Concert Orchestra and has played casually for the NZSO.

Ticket prices:   Members $15   Non-Members $25    "Under 20s" $5
Tickets can be purchased from New World, Waikanae or Bookstacks, Raumati.


Lind Borren was part of the Waikanae Music Society and it was part of her life for nearly 30 years - from its beginnings in 1977 until the last concert she attended in June 2007. At the inaugural meeting held to discuss forming a Music Society late in 1977, Lind performed for the Society as part of the Cecelia Keating Quartet. Two other concerts were:

April 29, 1979, at Parklands Community Hall
Cecelia Keating (violin), Lind Borren (viola), Russell Bond (cello) and Frederick Page (piano)
Programme: String Trio by Lennox Berkeley, Piano Quartets by Mozart and Fauré
Admission: $1.50 members, $3 non members

July 20, 1980, at Parklands Community Hall
Cecelia Keating (1st violin), Nan Doherty (2nd violin), Lind Borren (viola), Russell Bond (cello) and Wendy van Delden (piano).
Programme: Shorter works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Tchaikovsky, plus the Dvorák Piano Quintet.
Admission: $3 members, $4.50 non members

Lind offered her services as Treasurer in 1982 and remained in that position for the next 19 years, devoting an enormous amount of time and energy to the Society. As Treasurer, she looked after the membership records as well as the finances and was also responsible for folding, addressing and mailing the newsletters - we now have three people doing this work! In appreciation of her services, she was awarded a life membership by the Society in 2000.

Lind resigned from the position of Treasurer in 2001, but remained on the committee until 2003. Despite failing health she has continued to attend concerts regularly, recently in a wheelchair supported by her daughter Anneke.

Our sympathies and thoughts are with the Borren family.


On Sunday 29 July at 3pm, a new trio will be performing at Paekakariki Memorial Hall. The Ibell Jones Gow Trio - cello, double bass and piano - will perform works by Handel, Granados, Schumann, Rossini and Goltermann. Tickets are $15 and are available from Coastlands Info Centre, Copy Plus Coastlands, Paekakariki Organic Fruit and Vege and Roots Hair Therapy.


Patricia Wright, one of New Zealand's finest sopranos, teams up with the mighty Michael Houstoun to give us works including Schubert, Richard Strauss, Faure and Puccini.