On 18 May, Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings perform the world premiere of Infinity Mirror, a new work by Wellington composer Simon Eastwood. The work was written specially for the two orchestras and was selected as the first ever SOUNZ Commission for Emerging Players. We caught up with Simon at a recent rehearsal with the children of Arohanui Strings. Simon explains the concept behind the work and his involvement with Arohanui Strings, a Sistema-style scheme, in this Resound film.
Simon Eastwood is a composer and bass player from Wellington, where he is currently studying for a DMA at the New Zealand School of Music. He has been teaching bass at Arohanui Strings for nearly two years. Simon is currently preparing to go to Alaska in July for the Composing in the Wilderness field course, in conjunction with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, after which he will spend some time developing collaborative projects in London.
Simon’s work is inspired by the infinity mirror, which is created when two reflective surfaces are placed side by side. The infinity mirror serves as a metaphor for the inter-generational exchange that will be seen on stage with this commission.
Arohanui Strings - Sistema Hutt Valley is a groundbreaking programme based in the Hutt Valley, creating social change through music by providing free violins and music lessons for children in underprivileged communities in Taita, Naenae and Pomare. The performance is part of Orchestra Wellington’s Symphony in the Hutt, a free family concert, and the Orchestra, conducted by Brent Stewart, will be joined by singers Ben Patterson, Pasquale Orchard, Lisa Tomlins and Declan Cudd.