- Orchestra Wellington
- Established: 1975
Orchestra Wellington, formerly the “Vector Wellington Orchestra” and the “NGC Wellington Sinfonia”, plays a vital role in the cultural life of Wellington and the central region of New Zealand performing to over 100,000 people each year.
The Orchestra presents a series of concerts in Wellington and other centres with its regional touring programme. The annual outdoor concert in the grounds of Government House has become a summertime ‘must’. Fostering young people’s enjoyment of music is one of the orchestra’s important contributions to the region through entertaining concerts to pre-school and primary school children and families.
The Orchestra supports arts organisations in the Wellington Region, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, NBR New Zealand Opera, the Orpheus Choir, Wellington Musical Theatre and the International Film Festival.
Orchestra Wellington celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2000, yet the roots of this ensemble come from the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra 1948 – 1973. In 2007 the Orchestra Wellington appointed its first Music Director, Marc Taddei.
The Orchestra has a long standing relationship with many of New Zealand’s major composers, both in performing and commissioning works, including Jonathan Besser, Gareth Farr, Antony Ritchie, Sir William Southgate and Kenneth Young. In 2007 the Orchestra featured works of John Psathas, View from Olympus and Three Psalms in two critically acclaimed performances.
In 2008, Orchestra Wellington presented Gareth Farr’s Triple Concerto and premier a new educational concert programme Tane and the Kiwi, by Thomas Goss and Jennifer Moss.Source: Orchestra Wellington, November 2007