Some of the oldest venues in New Zealand's first city will
soon echo with the notes of early music.
And the organiser of the inaugural New Zealand International
Early Music Festival - to be held in Dunedin in March next
year - is hopes the event will become a drawcard for the
Details were unveiled this week by festival artistic director
Christopher Clifford, who said the festival would run from
March 1 to 9.
The programme featured eight morning, evening and lunchtime
concerts, to be staged at St Paul's Cathedral and the All
Saints' Anglican Church, together with a Renaissance-themed
closing picnic at Seacliff.
Performers from Dunedin and other parts of New Zealand were
already booked, as was Australian lutenist and academic John
Griffiths, of Melbourne.
However, more concerts could be added if additional funding
from potential donors was confirmed before the festival
began, Mr Clifford said.
Early music, which covers a span of more than 1000 years -
including the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods -
offered an ''infectious'' mix of rhythms, percussion and
''unusual'' instruments, he said.
The festival was supported by individual donors and the Otago
Community Trust, which had together contributed $5000 towards
a modest budget of just $20,000, he said.
Organisers hoped to raise the remaining $15,000 by March, but
the festival would proceed regardless, even if some concerts
had to be dropped to fit the budget, Mr Clifford said.