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An eclectic mix of shorter pieces, spanning five centuries of musical history, designed to highlight AYO's talented instrumental sections. With particular reference to Gallipoli, the evening includes poems by Walt Whitman and Leon Gellert.
Programme notes by Alexander Cowdell


Future Concerts

New World

Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107
Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, 'New World'

Jacky Siu cello soloist
Antun Poljanich conductor

  • Saturday 9 May • All Saint's Church, Howick
  • Saturday 16 May • Forum North, Whangarei
  • Sunday 17 May • Whangaparaoa College Auditorium
  • Saturday 23 May • Auckland Town Hall - Entry by Donation


Kabalevsky The Comedians, Op. 26
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1, Op.25
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, 'Pathétique'

Maria Mo piano soloist
Antun Poljanich conductor

  • Sunday 20 September • Massey High School
  • Saturday 26 September • Great Lake Centre, Taupo
  • Sunday 27 September • Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga
  • Saturday 3 October • Auckland Town Hall - Entry by Donation

About AYO

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Patron - Dame Catherine Tizard
President - Michael McLellan
Music Director - Antun Poljanich

The Auckland Youth Orchestra is the premier regional youth orchestra in New Zealand. Our vision is to inspire young people to excellence through their love of musical performance and to provide them with a wide range of cultural experiences, thus shaping our leaders of tomorrow.

Founded in 1948, AYO was the first youth orchestra established in the Southern Hemisphere, designed to bridge the gap between school orchestras and adult professional groups. Since then, more than 2,600 young adults from diverse cultural and social backgrounds have passed through the ranks of the orchestra, having received expert training in orchestral playing. No other orchestral organisation or institution in New Zealand provides such a comprehensive programme to musicians up to the age of 28.

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We are always keen to hear from talented musicians between the ages of 15 and 28 to join the orchestra. We aim for the highest possible performance standard and joining AYO requires commitment to attend Wednesday night rehearsals. Auditions are important for us to establish part allocation and seating order.

The first step to join AYO is to register for an audition. Contact us now at auditions@ayo.org.nz

All you need to prepare is:

1. A piece of your own choice - 5 minutes maximum; and
2. Orchestral excerpts - usually 2 or 3 which we provide in advance for you.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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We are grateful for the support of our major supporters and for the generosity of others. Every donation, however small, is appreciated and helpful. The easiest way for you to donate is probably through Givealittle, which is commission-free and automatically emails you a tax receipt. However you may also donate directly to our bank account or use PayPal (although the latter charges us a commission). Auckland Youth Orchestra (Inc.) is a registered charity, CC45382, and is an IRD-approved Donee Organisation.

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