We are delighted to announce the appointment of Wanaka local Laura Williamson to the General Manager position previously held by Lindsey Schofield.
Laura – cyclist, journalist, writer, ex ski instructor and performance poet – will be well known to many in the Wanaka community. Laura has attended all seven festivals, both Aspiring Conversations weekends, performed at the festival, as well as well as worked as the schools coordinator for the last two festivals. Laura was the writer behind ‘The Blue Moments’ which played to a full house at this years festival, and also appeared in an Aspiring Conversations session talking abut her love of cycling.

Director Philip Tremewan said, “Laura brings great energy, warmth, intelligence and organisational skills to this demanding role”
Laura will pick up the reins this week with immediate planning for the next Aspiring Conversations with the programme launch on 12 February.
Laura said: “I am looking forward to stepping into the role – I’ve loved being involved in the festival in many different ways and I can’t wait to get started. The Festival makes Wanaka such a special place, and I’m thrilled to be involved at this new level”.
Trustpower Community Awards

Last Thursday night Philip and Lindsey attended the Trustpower Community awards in Arrowtown. These awards are run in districts around the country to celebrate the achievements of community groups and their volunteers. We are delighted to have been presented with the Regional Winner in the Arts and Culture category. The Trustpower awards are a powerful way of recognising the achievements of all of the volunteers who support community organisations around the country and so our thanks to all of our volunteers, including our Trustees who give of their time voluntarily. Well done team!

What’s On

The award-winning Ferio Saxophone Quartet, formed at the Royal College of Music, London, is emerging as one of the leading British saxophone quartets among the new generation. They present a varied programme from classic formality to blended barber-shop smoothness performing works from Bach to Reinhart.
The Ferios offer us every emotional hue…. smokey, honeyed, shrieking or sad. They wow their audiences with their variety of repertoire and impressive talent…..”
The performers are donating their fees to local young musicians – the profit to be split between The Aspiring Young Musicians and The Central Otago Regional Training Orchestra.
Monday 20 November, 7.30 pm, Lake Wanaka Centre. Tickets –  Cash sales at Gifted Design, 19 Helwick Street, Wanaka and online at Eventfinda.   Adults: $35; Wanaka Concert Society subscribers: $30; School Children: free.

Central Otago Regional Orchestra “The Magic of Mozart”. This program features Dr Roger Buckton who will give a half hour lecture prior to the concert on the Flute – it’s history and use by Mozart in his music. He will be playing the Mozart flute concerto in D K314 and the orchestra will be playing the overture to the Magic Flute plus Symphony number 40.
Saturday November 11th  7.30pm, lecture at 7pm at Wanaka Presbyterian Church Hall. Adults $20, children free. Tickets at Pembroke wines (Cash only please) or at the door.

And a little further afield in Auckland, check out ‘Earthquakes in London’ by Mike Bartlett, starring ex Wanaka local Fiona Armstrong. Fi worked at Edgewater in Wanaka, and was assistant director on ‘Like There’s No Tomorrow’ at the 2015 festival, and has moved to Auckland to pursue a career in theatre.
‘Earthquakes in London’ is an epic play in response to the crisis of climate change in modern life and is at Basement Theatre, Nov 15 – 25. More info and tickets click here.