Pōneke Classical Session


(Pōneke / Wellington)

Whether you are an avid orchestral nerd or don't know your Mozart from your Beethoven, this space is for you!


Grab a beer, your mates and get ready for classical tunes from Wellington's finest.

5.30PM, Sun 20 Feb | FREE
Fortune Favours Music Series Stage, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (behind Te Papa)

Peter Liley 

Wellington's classical sessions have been a stomping ground for Peter, who has premiered many new compositions there to the delight/fright of all. This session will be no different, with a raucous new composition for the not-often-seen bass saxophone, and a beautifully haunting soundscape by monster saxophonist Colin Stetson.


Chris Everest and Rachelle Eastwood

Both coming from diverse musical backgrounds, Rachelle Eastwood (flutes) and Chris Everest (guitar) come together to explore contemporary classical and eastern folk music, as well as incorporating their interest in improvisation. For the Pōneke session they will be exploring the lush colours of Toru Takemitsu’s Toward the sea, Miroslav Tadic’s incredibly rhythmic Macedonian pieces and the hauntingly beautiful Sephardic piece Isobel by Joseph V Williams.


Martin Greshoff 

Martin Greshoff is one of New Zealand’s best up-and-coming composers, with his unique blend of classical and jazz music regularly selling out venues throughout Wellington. His works have been performed by the country's best instrumentalists, and has had works commissioned by the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, the Rodger Fox Big Band, as well as from members of both the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.


Martin graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with his Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Jazz Performance. Martin launched the Wonderland Ensemble in 2021, with its premier performance at the Pōneke Classical Sessions series. The Wonderland ensemble has since performed as part of Classical on Cuba Festival and the San Fran “Tiny Concerts” series.

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