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The appearance of Matariki (known elsewhere as the Pleiades) in the early winter morning sky heralds the beginning of the Maori New Year.

This is a season for looking both backwards to our tupuna and forwards to our hopes for the future, for celebrating our environment, and for coming together after harvest and preparing for planting.

Camerata marks a new beginning by performing in the city for the first time, at the iconic St Matthew-in-the-City.

We are delighted to present music reflecting the nine stars of Matariki, in conjunction with The Fundamentals, the premier mixed choir from Rangitoto College.

Conducted by Matthew Howes and Luana Prictor, and accompanied by Janet Gibbs, we will sing a range of works from both New Zealand and overseas, from contemporary and more traditional times.

The performance will feature, among other things, Chris Artley’s 2020 composition, Matariki, Esenvald’s Stars, Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, traditional Maori songs, and movements from John Wells’ Call of the Running Tide, all loosely themed with one of the nine stars.

Do come along and join us in celebrating the change of season and the new year.

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