3 May 2010

International audience to be sought for composition

9:00 am on 3 May 2010

A taonga puoro player is keen to take a composition written for the late historian Don Stafford on the international festival circuit.

Horomono Horo played Legends of Rotorua by English composer Paul Lewis at two concerts with the Rotorua Chamber Ensemble at the city's Museum of Art and History.

Waatea News reports it draws on stories collected by Mr Stafford of Te Arawa ancestor Ihenga and the patupaiarehe fairy people of Ngongotaha.

Mr Horo says it was a great to play traditional Maori instruments alongside the ensemble's harp, violin and cello.

He will also perform at the New Zealand pavilion during the Shanghai World Expo.