Impressions and experiences from Christchurch’s creative community following the February 2011 earthquakes.
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.
Requests up to an hour long from Radio New Zealand Concert's vast CD collection or from some of our own recordings.
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 2014 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.
Live performances drawn from concerts recorded in the US for The Blues Foundation who are based in Memphis Tennessee.
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.
A selection of shorter, popular classics that includes well-known opera arias and choruses.
Classic performances of mainstream repertoire from the back catalogue.
Three 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.
On Sunday at 9am we introduce the featured composer. Then every weekday morning we play a selection of the composer’s works. The introductory audio is also available on demand.
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.
Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the life and work of GBS and in particular his views on music.
Radio New Zealand Concert recorded the semifinal and final rounds of the Gisborne competition in December 2011. Here for your enjoyment are all the recorded performances.
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.
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?
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.
A series of programmes from the Peabody Award-winning radio show.
Exploring the full spectrum of this influential genre and its musicians.
Nancy Wilson hosts the Peabody Award winning series chronicling the people, places and events in jazz, with a focus on legends and musical themes.
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 inaugural Lilburn Lecture was delivered by Philip Norman in November 2013.
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.
Music written and performed by New Zealanders.
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.
The best seat in the house is yours on weekdays at 10:00
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.
An occasional series profiling New Zealand musicians.
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.
Radio New Zealand Concert has put together some interesting fare for 2014 Organ Week.
A monthly web-only feature, podcasting performances by New Zealand artists.
A selection of recently released recordings.
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.
Seven programmes recorded at America’s popular Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
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.
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.
Live performances on Sunday afternoons
"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.
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.
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.
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!
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival, now in its 17th year, has become one of the leading chamber music events in Europe, attracting local, national and international audiences alike.
Young Kiwi musicians' performances at competitions and concerts around the country.
A session for 9-5ers who can’t hear requests during the week. All from Radio New Zealand 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.
Live recordings from New Zealand performers including the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Illustrated introductions to major pieces from the classical repertoire.
Music 101 guests share the cornerstones of their specialist music knowledge.
A Pathway of Song: Richard Nunns plays many traditional Māori instruments in his collection.
From intimate acoustic sessions to epic, sold-out shows at Aotearoa’s best music venues, this is a collection of live contemporary music of all kinds.
Notable New Zealanders tell us about a piece of classical music that is meaningful to them.
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.
The Rite of Spring is still provocative and disturbing a century after its première caused one of the most sensational scandals in artistic history.
Introducing Ludwig van Beethoven.
A brief overview of singer/songwriter Lorde's career-to-date.
In which Music 101 indulge their love of lists....
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.