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This is an auction for CLASSICAL SPARKS: THE STORY OF THE CHRISTCHURCH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA by Tom Rogers & Simon Tipping.

"CLASSICAL SPARKS celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO). This is a warts-and-all account, including a difficult and dramatic adolescence. Some periods of the orchestras history were so marred with discord that its survival has been doubt several times. It is a Christchurch tradition to passionately fight civic battles in public, and this story is as much about issues of money and power as it is about music. Regional orchestras in Auckland and Palmerston ?North developed at about the same time, but without the same difficulties. Authors Tom Rogers and Simon Tipping have a long association with the orchestra. Tom Rogers was a founder member and lead cellist for many years as well as being able to fill in on the horn. Simon Tipping played the double bass, and has written books on other musical organisations. Together they have researched and written an authoritative history, with insight into the issues and personalities involved. Starting as the John Ritchie String Orchestra in 1958, there were only eleven players (including Tom Rogers) in its first concert. They got a small payment from whatever funds were available. John Ritchie was the driving force behind the orchestra for its first nine years, and has continued to compose popular works that are part of the CSO repertoire. The orchestra developed steadily through the 1960s and 70s, with notable conductors Juan Matteucci, Dobbs Franks and Vanco Cavdarski..."

Large format paperback 2008.

269 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $5.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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