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About TI

TI is based in Auckland, New Zealand. TI's somewhat eclectic interests include (but are certainly not limited to) legal humour (the law can be funny), good wine, the search for the best possible chocolate, alcoholic beverages, travel, commercial aircraft, photography, weird news stories and classical music.

Notes from a Vienna trip (June 2016)


I was last in Vienna in 2007. It’s been far too long between drinks. So what to do there in 2016 ? Well…..  A is for A380: For the first time (for me, anyway), a chance to fly Singapore Airlines’ … Continue reading

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Review: Auckland Philharmonia “From Leipzig” (23 July 2015)


After a stunning Mahler 5 from the NZSO under Vasily Petrenko last week, I was looking forward to Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony under another young superstar Lionel Bringuier. Sadly, an injury prevented him from travelling to Auckland and he was replaced at … Continue reading

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Review: Auckland Philharmonia “Turandot” (3 July 2015)


Last year, the Auckland Philharmonia’s Opera In Concert was, by all accounts, a stunning performance of Wagner’s monumental opera Tristan und Isolde.  On Friday night, we got another stunning in-concert performance of Giacomo Puccini’s unfinished opera “Turandot”. Known to some as … Continue reading

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2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition – Grand finale


And so to the grand finale of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.  A well-attended Auckland Town Hall audience, many of whom had attended the earlier rounds in Queenstown and Auckland, was full of expectation and we were not disappointed. It pays to … Continue reading

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Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2015 – Day 2 of the Auckland semi-finals


After three very solid performances on Wednesday night, the remaining three semi-finalists in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition completed the chamber music round in the Concert Chamber of the Auckland Town Hall on Thursday night. Chamber music as part of a solo … Continue reading

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Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2015 – Semi-finals, Day 1


This week sees the climax to the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, a biennial event and one that has gained attention and importance around the classical music world.  The semi-final rounds in Auckland, consisting of the six remaining competitors, are split … Continue reading

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Review: Auckland Philharmonia “Chang & Bolero” (30 April 2015)


Every now and then, we do get a superstar of the classical music world come to visit. So it was good to see the ‘sold out’ signs both on the web and at the Auckland Town Hall last Thursday’s Auckland … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Auckland Philharmonia “Out Of This World” (16 April 2015)


A well-attended Auckland Town Hall audience was treated to another intriguing programme from the Auckland Philharmonia on Thursday evening. Bach, Dutilleux and Shostakovich are not your everyday concert fare and the theme of “Out Of This World” was a nod … Continue reading

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Two nights at the Met (New York City, March 2015)


Recent travels took me to New York City for the first time and one particular highlight was to attend two performances at the Met over the space of two weeks. Specifically, the closing night of Tales of Hoffmann under Met … Continue reading

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Review: Eddie Izzard “Force Majeure” (Auckland, 19 February 2015)


British comic, actor, writer and soon-to-be politician Eddie Izzard played the Aotea Centre last night in the first of two sold out shows. Last here four years ago with his Stripped show, his uniquely warped sense of humour struck many … Continue reading

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