Rebecca Fox

Child prodigy attains virtuosity

Child prodigy attains virtuosity

Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo performs for the first time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Dunedin this month. Rebecca Fox discovers how she went from regular kid to focused musician.

The source of good chocolate

The source of good chocolate

The recent importation of cocoa beans from Samoa has been an experiment Dunedin chocolate maker Liz Rowe has revelled in.

Preserving a dying art

Preserving a dying art

As winter arrives, there is nothing better than reaching for a bottle of preserved fruit to make your favourite crumble or add to your morning porridge. A Wanaka man is tapping into the renewed appreciation for the old craft of preserving and continuing love of fresh Central Otago produce. Rebecca Fox finds out how Gus Hayden is turning a favourite Central Otago fruit into a boutique, luxury product.

In the footsteps of Hardy

In the footsteps of Hardy

A love of Victorian writers, and personal connections with the southwest of England led to Margaret Bannister's fascination with English author Thomas Hardy. Rebecca Fox discovers what led the Otago Daily Times book reviewer to explore Hardy's countryside in Dorset.

Message in the medium

Message in the medium

A new Dunedin gallery is giving multi-disciplinary artist John Ward Knox a chance to showcase his latest project. Rebecca Fox discovers there is a little madness in the Frances Hodgkins Fellow's determination to get his message across.

Salute to NZ WW1 heritage via dance

Salute to NZ WW1 heritage via dance

Two New Zealand choreographers and a dancer from Bosnia had one thing in common when approaching the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Salute, Remember World War 1: a feeling of trepidation, reports Rebecca Fox

All that hoopla

All that hoopla

Circus performers Jeff Robinson and Rewi Bracey are back in Dunedin to develop a new work. Rebecca Fox talks to them about the challenges of making a living from their craft.

Young violinist ready to soar

Young violinist ready to soar

Dunedin violinist Olive Butler will make her debut as a soloist with an orchestra later this month. Rebecca Fox asks how she prepares for such a big event.

No place like home

No place like home

International opera singer Simon O'Neill has performed in some of the most famous theatres of the world, The Royal Opera House, The Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, to name a few. Rebecca Fox talks to the Dunedin-trained tenor about returning to the city to perform with his old brass band.

Toggling comedy roles for 'Jimmy's Pies' play

Toggling comedy roles for 'Jimmy's Pies' play

Going to scouts is an activity many Kiwis can relate to. Former Mosgiel man Ryan Richards' positive memories of his days as a scout have inspired a comedy stage show. Rebecca Fox talks to Richards about bringing his first one-man stage show home, and where Jimmy's Pies fit in the narrative.