Impressions and experiences from Christchurch’s creative community following the February 2011 earthquakes.
A four-part journey through 45 years of student radio in New Zealand.
A series tracing the evolution of jazz from its beginnings in the early 1900s, up until the 1990s and beyond.
A backstage pass to current musical issues with seasoned industry insider Trevor Reekie, who dodges past security to get to the heart of industry trends and happenings.
Local music fanatics take us along on a personal pilgrimage to discover more about the musical roots and stories of a place, culture, or artist.
Get to know more about a special topic or interesting musician.
International adventurers and DJs Nick Dwyer and Barnie Duncan shake up the preconceptions of “world music” by investigating existing sub genres and young producers the globe over.
Paul Bushnell goes backstage at the New York Metropolitan Opera to find out how a production is staged.
BBC Proms 2015 will be broadcast in Music Alive at 8pm and weekday mornings at 10am bringing New Zealand listeners two months of many of the world’s greatest artists, composers, orchestras and ensembles across 92 concerts including four Last Night celebrations around the UK.
Every weekday morning after the 8 o’clock news we play works with an emphasis on gentle mood and beautiful melody.
During 2013, Michael Houstoun gives a series of concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand in which he plays the complete cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven.
The Age of Enlightenment consists of Beethoven’s first six string quartets, written when he was 30. The title of the series refers to the graceful, classical elegance of the music, typical of that period in history.
An audio history of popular music recorded in New Zealand in the 1950s and early 1960s
On 23 November, 1983, shortly before his first concert in Wellington, David Bowie was invited to visit Takapuwahia Marae in Porirua.
Thomas Goss gives an overview of the life and music of Brian Eno.
Principal trombone of the NZSO David Bremner hosts a series looking at the brilliant world of brass.
We look at different, shiny or dull, facets of a little copper and brass instrument, the standard army-issue bugle.
A musical companion to your afternoon commute, and evening tea, David Morriss presents favourite music from the Renaissance to the Romantic and beyond. David shares his love of a wide range of music from Bach to Bruckner, and even B-rated Sci-Fi films. Scratchy records, great singers, and authentic performances punctuate a casual stroll through the great classical masterworks.
Four hours of music with news and weather on the hour to keep you informed about what’s going on in the world.
The top 10 selling classical albums for the week.
Every weekday morning we play a selection of the featured composer’s works.
Thomas Goss explores how movies portray composers as lovers, heroes, spiritual figures, and even madmen.
George Kay looks at Bowie’s career and music.
Music for winding down at the end of the day.
Steve Danby introduces Django Reinhardt, one of the first influential jazz figures to emerge from Europe.
A 10-part series reflecting on Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001) through the eyes and ears of his friends, family and colleagues, marking the 10th anniversary of his death in June 2001.
Radio New Zealand's documentary covering the history of New Zealand's most iconic band - Split Enz.
Music critic Nick Bollinger presents a selection of essential New Zealand albums adapted from his book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums, published by Awa Press.
In memory of Claude Debussy and Frederick Delius, both born 150 years ago, and in recognition of a time of phenomenal development, in the arts, sciences and social history we turned 22 August 2012 over to the era 1880-1914.
A series focusing on some of the “classic” EPs of the 1980s released by Flying Nun.
One of the great Rock 'n' Roll stories, full of big personalities, high ideals, opportunities both seized and lost, and a soundtrack to die for because, in the end, (as in the beginning) Flying Nun is all about the music.
Composers were invited to set authentic Gallipoli texts to music.
Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the life and work of GBS and in particular his views on music.
Radio New Zealand Concert will be recording the semifinal and final rounds of the Gisborne competition in December 2015.
Take the chance to hear leading world music artists from all over the globe.
Music to mirror the gentler start to the well-earned day of rest.
Visit the creative spaces of local musicians for intimate performances and conversation.
Trevor Reekie takes you on a trip that seeks out musical gems from niche markets around the globe, the latest re-releases, and interesting sounds from the shallow end of the bit stream.
New Zealand’s foremost pianist Michael Houstoun talks to Tim Dodd about his approach to playing the music of Fryderyk Chopin.
How is globalisation influencing the way we think about music and ourselves?
A guide to assist the understanding, interpretation and appreciation of classical music.
The Future of Opera in the contemporary world of mass popular culture, digital technology and global financial crisis.
A weekly selection of traditional and modern hymns.
A weekly selection of traditional and modern hymns.
Musicians have two minutes to describe themselves and their song.
Exploring the full spectrum of this influential genre and its musicians.
A series hosting all things Jazz.
A series of radio programmes in the form of letters from Marshall Walker to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
New Zealand’s most prestigious contest for promising young opera singers.
The Lilburn Lecture is jointly organised by the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull library. Named after the New Zealand composer who instigated the Archive of New Zealand Music within the Turnbull Library and established the Lilburn Trust, the lecture is held annually on Douglas Lilburn’s birthday, 2nd November. Speakers are invited to talk on a subject of their choosing about music and New Zealand.
Poets exalted, school children cheered and music-lovers hungrily devoured the post-war concerts given in NZ by Hungarian-born pianist Lili Kraus. Charlotte Wilson presents a tribute to the life and work of this remarkable woman.
A three-part documentary series inside the 2011 NZSO Conductor Workshops tutored by Pietari Inkinen.
Phil O'Brien and Simon Morris present an afternoon of music and entertainment.
Tim Dodd talks to the eminent New Zealand pianist about his early career.
The Michael Hill International Violin Competition aims to promote young violinists from all over the world who are launching their professional solo careers and are aspiring to establish themselves on the world stage.
Music, interviews, live performances, behind the scenes, industry issues, career profiles, new, back catalogue, undiscovered, greatest hits, tall tales - with a focus on New Zealand/Aotearoa.
Live concerts featuring local and international artists.
Ryan Smith looks at some famous composers from different eras who lifted ideas and music straight out of their dreams.
Writer, scholar, Professor Emeritus of English and broadcaster Marshall Walker introduces the music he loves
Lisette Wesseling explores Louis Braille’s adaptation of his six-dot reading and writing system for the blind to represent the language of music.
The science, psychology and sociology of bands and musicians in an attempt to understand this peculiar species of human being.
Megan Collins presents a series on the music of migrant New Zealanders.
Music Through the Night keeps you company through the wee hours from midnight to 6.00am.
Music at Menlo is a California summer music festival. The 2012 season, Resonance, marked the festival's tenth anniversary
An occasional series profiling New Zealand musicians.
Departing manager of Radio New Zealand Concert, Roger Smith shares some personal perspectives and favourite music with David Morriss.
An hour of rock/pop/country, focusing on a new release or two and placing these in the context of an artist's career.
Five concerts recorded at the New Zealand Festival 2014.
Marking the 25th anniversary of New Zealand's ground-breaking nuclear free legislation, 'No Nukes' highlights the role of Kiwi music and musicians in winning people over to the anti-nuclear cause.
The New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, run by Chamber Music New Zealand, is the only nationwide chamber music competition for young musicians and composers.
Selected young New Zealand composers have their works performed by the NZSO.
Opera lays claim to Sunday evenings from 6 o’clock.
A monthly web-only feature, podcasting performances by New Zealand artists.
Major New Zealand works are unlocked from the Radio New Zealand Concert archive and given a new life on air and on the web.
A story of poetry, pharmaceuticals, teaching, collecting and above all, music.
Connecting the dots between jazz old and new and celebrating the work of some of the overlooked and unsung heroes of the jazz world.
Two hours of uplifting music for the spirit and soul.
Live and recorded concerts from New Zealand and around the world.
Your requests, nostalgia and musical memories.
An annual countdown of listeners' choices of best-loved classics.
A balance of hardcore avant garde, atmospheric soundscapes, up to the minute contemporary, early 20th Century and a touch of art pop.
A collaboration between the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music and Radio New Zealand Concert (RNZ Concert), to create high quality recordings of New Zealand orchestral works.
Incorporating sub-genres such as thrash metal, speed metal, black metal, death metal and doom metal, this music is much more than just Satan, gore, and loud guitars.
Anthonie Tonnon visits New Zealand’s most talked about places to see music.
Summer Sonic brings a range of features and documentaries, starting Thursday 26 December 2013
A summer hamper of musical goodies… retro jazz, live performances, nu grooves and vintage classics from New Zealand and afar.
A journey into the music and myths of Sun Ra.
A concert of anything from anywhere. A piano recital from Henry Wong Doe or John Chen, a Youth Orchestra from New Zealand, the award-winning NZ National Youth Choir, a recital from Christopher’s Classics in Christchurch, events from the Kapiti Coast Piano Competition … the sounds will enliven your afternoon.
An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Māori Composers
"I don’t care if a dude is purple with green breath, as long as he can swing.” Miles said it. We stick to it.
They shook up the world, and in 1964, the Beatles shook New Zealand.
Highlights from the Big Sing Secondary Schools Choir Festival National Finale held in Dunedin.
BLERTA was formed 35 years ago and included some of the country's most talented musicians, actors, filmmakers, lighting technicians and their families. This documentary charts their history as they led a revolutionary charge in culturally challenged New Zealand.
Drawing on the expertise of a range of reviewers, each week we check out the latest CD releases.
The top choices from leading overseas music magazines.
Peter Shaw surveys the recorded performances from Radio New Zealand's archives and examines conductor Franz-Paul Decker significant influence on orchestral performance in New Zealand.
A selection of New Zealand songs that take us to the beach, the moon, the milking shed and many places besides. Jenny Wollerman (sop) and Emma Sayers (piano).
Dr Vijay Devadas and Professor John Drummond look at the life and works of one of the leading thinkers of the second half of the 20th century, Edward Saïd.
Norm Meehan looks at the life and music of the American jazz pianist.
Nick lays down music from the bottom up with great bass players from Ray Brown to Edgar Meyer and composers who gave us great riffs from Handel to Queen (and yes, everything in between).
Invited musical guests compile a C60 and talk us through their selections.
Music, talk, live sessions, and coverage of contemporary music and events.
A CBC production about music and the human experience.
Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction to The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky,
Nick Bollinger reviews the latest CD releases.
Celebrating the music industry people who work back stage, or on the other side of the glass.
The letters of Beatrice Hill Tinsley (1941-1981)
Something different from the wide world of music features.
Clarissa Dunn opens the lid on the capabilities of the human voice as an instrument.
Music, sport, media, travel, and the people and places around us.
Major pieces, familiar and unfamiliar from new CDs which arrive every day, and the huge back-catalogue of classic recordings.
A six-part series in which James Gardner traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music.
Performances from the University of Auckland's Lilburn Composition Prize concert
What's going on in the world of music and the arts? From the concert hall to the cinema, we talk to musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, actors, directors and artists - Upbeat finds out what makes them tick.
When NASA realized that the Voyager space probes being launched in 1977 would eventually travel beyond the edge of our solar system, they decided to include some kind of message to any intelligent aliens who might one day find them
Justin Gregory traces the evolution of a great pop song and a classic New Zealand music video.
Performances by great artists from the mono era, including the latest remastered recordings.
Among the joys of music is the way in which a single song can encapsulate a whole microcosmic world.
Erica Challis introduces us to each of the four operas of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Radio New Zealand Concert is recording the Wallace National Piano Competition and supplying audio for the live video stream.
Catch the sounds that shaped the decades. Songs you don't hear much anymore from the elegant 1920s, 30s & 40s... to the 1950s and swinging 60s when everything was fab, gear, and groovy!
Midmorning to early afternoon includes The Works, first hearings of some Recent Releases, an hour of home-grown music and performers during Made in New Zealand, and some of your requests.
Young Kiwi musicians' performances at competitions and concerts around the country.
A session for you, the audience, to choose from RNZ Concert’s vast CD collection or our own recordings.
Radio New Zealand listeners and staff share some of their favourite music, live sessions and interviews from the RNZ back catalogue.
Clarissa Dunn and Hannah Sassman head behind the scenes at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, in celebration of their 60th birthday.
Concert recordings from New Zealand's fine music ensembles.
Illustrated introductions to major pieces from the classical repertoire.
A collection of RNZ's stories about musician and actor David Bowie.
Interviews with and about, music written by, and lectures in honour of New Zealand Composer Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001).
A collection of stories and examples of exiled or banned composers and music.
Music 101 guests share the cornerstones of their specialist music knowledge.
Forgotten Kiwi songs of World War 1, recorded for the first time.
A selection of live performances recorded by Radio New Zealand over the years.
A Pathway of Song: Richard Nunns plays many traditional Māori instruments in his collection.
John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently.
Hawkes Bay post-rock soundscape trio Jakob
An overview of the life and music of the renowned singer-songwriter for Composer of the Week.
From intimate acoustic sessions to epic, sold-out shows at Aotearoa’s best music venues, a collection of live music of all kinds.
Each Michael Hill International Violin Competition features a new work by a New Zealand composer. Explore the works written so far.
Notable New Zealanders tell us about a piece of classical music that is meaningful to them.
The condensed version of Radio NZ National's Music 101.
Uniting families that have demonstrated musicality across the generations.
Musical Siblings brings together brothers and sisters who grew up to make music; maybe together, possibly apart.
Live performances during Afternoons
Simon Sweetman tells the stories behind classic Kiwi pop anthems.
Reviewed by Paul Bushnell for Upbeat.
Organ sounds for Organ Week
The singer of one of New Zealand's best known songs, Blue Smoke.
Remembering the artist known as Prince.
A respected composer, ethnomusicologist and teacher of over 30 years, Jack Body was an institution in New Zealand music.
New Zealand pianist Richard Farrell was enjoying a successful international career until he was killed in a car accident at the age of 31. Peter Mechen and guests look back at Farrell’s achievements
New film soundtracks, timeless scores, obscure film music, video game and television soundtracks, and NZ film composition.
Still provocative and disturbing a century after its première caused one of the most sensational scandals in artistic history.
Stories featuring Canadian/kiwi country/rockabilly musician Tami Neilson.
Introducing Ludwig van Beethoven.
The Maori Showbands borrowed from many musical forms to create their own genre of live entertainment.
We focus on the the toddler of stringed instruments, the humble ukulele.
A brief overview of singer/songwriter Lorde's career-to-date.
In which Music 101 indulge their love of lists....
A roundup of Radio New Zealand contributors giving their 'best ofs' for 2014.
One of the most influential and genuinely scary bands to come out of New Zealand.
Significant overseas musicians and their influence on New Zealand music.
The way in which iwi mark Māori New Year differs around the country. In collaboration with iwi stations throughout Aotearoa, we present a selection of waiata from their rohe celebrating te tau hou.