It is with great pleasure that the Kāpiti Concert Orchestra will return to Ōtaki to present their annual November Concert. This concert represents a significant milestone in the Orchestra’s relationship with the local community. It will be the 10th concert the Orchestra has presented in as many years and over those years the Orchestra has built up a loyal following of concert goers and players always look forward to going to Ōtaki to play.
The theme of this year’s Concert is “Most Happy Music” - a celebration the music and songs of one of Ō̄taki’s most famous sons, Inia Te Wiata, who was born in Ōtaki and who passed away 50 years ago this year. Local Ōtaki resident and tenor, Harlan Te Wiata, a great¬-nephew of Inia Te Wiata, will perform a number of songs made famous by Inia and include a performance of two works specially commissioned for the occasion by the Kāpiti Concert Orchestra - two Suites for Orchestra and Solo Voice by Michael Vinten featuring arrangements from Show Boat and Porgy and Bess. Harlan, a Kāpiti local who currently lives in Ōtaki has performed in several plays and musicals in the Wellington region including playing Piangi in the Ōtaki Players’ production of “The Phantom of the Opera” in 2019. He has always enjoyed singing and says he is honoured to be involved in a concert celebrating his Great-Uncle.
The first half of the concert will include a number of lighter classical works - Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 4, La Calinda by Delius, Stravinsky’s Suite No 2 and Ring Round the Moon, a Suite by the New Zealand composer David Farquhar.
The Orchestra is delighted to introduce Conductor, Martin Setchell to their Ōtaki audience. Martin came to New Zealand in 1974 when he was appointed to the University of Canterbury’s School of Music. He is an internationally recognized concert organist, a freelance conductor of numerous choirs and orchestras, has a passion for opera and believes in promoting entertaining music to a wide audience. Martin now lives in Kāpiti and looks forward to sharing his musical skills with the local community.