22 Sep 2016

Remembering soprano and advocate Lisette Wesseling

From Upbeat, 1:40 pm on 22 September 2016
Lisette Wesseling

Lisette Wesseling Photo: Public Domain

New Zealand soprano Lisette Wesseling, passed away peacefully last week at the age of 44. Her life and her career in music were celebrated at a moving funeral on Monday at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

Lisette, who was blind from infancy, was a leading advocate for blind people and their access to music education and performance. She recorded a fascinating programme for RNZ Concert exploring Louis Braille’s adaptation of his six-dot reading and writing system to represent the language of music. Lisette’s husband Neil Jarvis talks to Clarissa Dunn about her life.