Dynamic kiwi conductor, Gemma New, returns home!


Gemma New is a WYOs alumna, playing with the orchestra from the age of 12. She has gone on to build a wonderful reputation as one of the top female conductors in the world.

According to Radio New Zealand:

Gemma New would have to be one of the most exciting young conductors in the world today. The New Zealand-born musician has assisted Gustavo Dudamel, and studied the music of Mendelssohn in Leipzig with Kurt Masur.

Gemma is music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada, and Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony in the USA. Gemma New is back in New Zealand for concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and talks to Upbeat about her growing career.

Listen to her talk to Radio New Zealand about her growing career.

She is conducting Sin City, Golden City at the Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch  on Saturday 26th May at 7:30 pm. The concert includes: DAVIES Mavis in Las Vegas, CRESSWELL Piano Concerto No. 2, and MOZART Symphony No. 38 “Prague” with New Zealand’s own Michael Houstoun on piano.


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Simon Brew appointed WYS Music Director

Simon Brew has been appointed Music Director of WYS in 2018, replacing our beloved founding Music Director, Michael Vinten.

Simon is considered one of NZ’s leading saxophonists and specialist teachers of this wonderful instrument. He is president of the NZ Saxophone Society Inc, and teaches at NZSM, Victoria University. He has appeared with all the major NZ orchestras. He was appointed the Director of Music for the RNZAF Band in April 2013.

Wellington Youth Sinfonietta welcomes Simon to the orchestra.

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