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Winter concerts at National War Memorial

Media release: 16 May 2016

Wellingtonians and visitors to the capital are invited to attend six Sunday concerts over winter at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

“It’s an exciting programme to extend the use of Pukeahu beyond purely ceremonial events,” says Paul Riley, Pukeahu National War Memorial Curator.

The National War Memorial's Hall of Memories.

“We’re encouraging Sunday visitors who may want to take a look around the Great War Exhibition in the Dominion Museum to then wander down the steps to the Hall of Memories, enjoy a 45-minute concert featuring some of our finest classical musicians and then attend the ‘Soldier’s Story’ reading and Last Post ceremony outside, at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.”

The concerts begin this Sunday (22 May) with the RNZAF Band Woodwind Trio playing music from the great masters. The concerts continue monthly through to October.

The programme:

22 May                RNZAF Band woodwind trio - Music from the masters: Bach, Haydn, Mozart and more

19 June              Anon Vocal Ensemble - Programme of war, loss and remembrance

10 July                Hannah Darroch, Principal Flute, RNZAF Band - a programme of solo repertoire for flute, from old to new

14 August           Anon Vocal Ensemble - Musical homage to the words of Shakespeare

11 September   St Lazarus Organ recital by Timothy Hurd, QSM

2 October           Classical saxophone and voice - Australasia’s leading classical saxophonists team up with vocalists for a concert of renaissance and  baroque music.                      

Concerts will commence at 4pm and conclude at 4:45pm and guests are invited to then attend the Last Post ceremony at 5:00pm.

Admission is free.

More details about the Winter Concert series can be found at:

Updated on 30th September 2016