From Philippa Harris, General Manager

What a year 2018 is turning out to be: virtuoso violinist Shlomo Mintz, capacity houses for the NZ Guitar Quartet and Songs of Moana concerts, and a very warm reception from the Summerset at Bishopscourt Retirement Village for our DSO Academy performers. Maestro Richard Davis returns to conduct August’s Voila Viola with US-based violist Tim Deighton as soloist in another world première DSO performance of a work by popular Dunedin composer Anthony Ritchie – his Viola Concerto No. 2. (In June Anthony received rave receptions from capacity audiences in Oxford and London (UK) for performances of Gallipoli to the Somme, a DSO commission). In September, Marc Taddei returns to conduct Carmina Burana with stunning soprano Natasha Wilson, and two of Australia’s finest singers, Henry Choo and James Clayton, as well as FOUR choirs. There will be c. 200 performers on stage – it should be a spectacular sight.

There have been changes afoot within the DSO. Firstly we were sad to lose Brendan Gray, a Board member for 10 years, 3 years of which were as President. Also standing down was Marshall Seifert, a member for 16 years. Not only did he sponsor the Concertmaster’s chair, but along with Michael Stedman at NHNZ (Natural History), he was also one of the driving forces behind many of the multi-artform works such as Timeless Land that the orchestra commissioned. However, with change comes new people and ideas, and so we warmly welcome Sharon van Turnhout, Chief Financial Officer from the University, to the Board. Another change to help the financial footing of the orchestra is the appointment of Cally McWha as Development Manager. She is really keen to talk to anyone who is interested in supporting the orchestra. If you are interested, please email her at

We look forward to seeing you at our DSO events and at the DSO Friends events too.

Philippa Harris General Manager

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