Classical Sparks is the story of how the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has survived against the odds for nearly fifty years. It's a story of people, and music, of conductors, administrators and players - of harmony and discord, and the times when sparks really did fly! While adapting to constantly changing conditions, the orchestra has gone on making music, pushing the boundaries of what a regional orchestra can tackle successfully; from Beethoven's Ninth of the seventies to the Rite of Spring in the new century.
Generations of musicians have grown up through the CSO, and through its ever-widening range of concerts over the years, generations of audiences have learned to delight in the sound of a symphony orchestra. Its story has become an integral thread in the colourful tapestry that makes up the city of Christchurch.
Tom Rodgers and Simon Tipping
Dunmore Publishing Ltd