Wairua Sinfonietta | Unity through music
Wairua /wa:i:ru:a:/ Māori - A spirit associated with a person or thing, according to Māori beliefs.
Wai /wa:i/ Māori - Water Rua /ru:a:/ Māori - both, two
The meaning that resonates the most with this organisation is its literal meaning; Wai - water, and Rua - two, in Te Reo Māori. Where two streams of water come together to symbolise unity through the universal language of the love for music.
Founded in October 2014, Wairua Sinfonietta is a unique Auckland-based orchestra whose players hold a strong belief that music can strengthen communities and unite the world. With like-minded musicians and supporters, Wairua Sinfonietta puts on high quality concerts to increase awareness and raise funds for charitable organisations locally and around the globe.
Wairua Sinfonietta is made up of established musicians, university music performance graduates and emerging artists who are embarking on their music career.
With a focus on classical music from the 18th to mid 19th century, Wairua Sinfonietta is quickly establishing itself as the champion of this era by exploring the repertoire of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Vanhal, Dittersdorf and more in every concert.
Wairua Sinfonietta is also a platform for established and emerging New Zealand composers. Since our inception, we have performed works by New Zealand composers Helen Fischer and Oliver Huang Hsu. We will also be performing works by Douglas Lilburn and Anthony Ritchie in the remaining concerts in 2015.
'Unity through music'. It is our belief in performance and education as a means of developing our community that drives Wairua Sinfonietta’s goal of providing performance opportunities for emerging artists and postgraduate performance students; as well as creating a place to share the stage and music with some world class soloists.
Founder & Music Director
"How did the idea of Wairua Sinfonietta come about?"
Conducting is an art that has always intrigued me. In fact, that is how my parents discovered that I was interested in music. As a preschooler I was always waving my arms in front of the TV, and from that I was later formally introduced to musicmaking through piano lessons.
Music is something that I love and hold very dear. I am also drawn to the human spirit. There is no language boundary between music and our shared humanity, the expression is universal, and in this way music has an unlimited possibility to bring people together, to improve one as a person together for a better world.
I would like to do something that I love, that engages and fascinates me, but also incorporates ideas that serve music and serve the wider community. It is for everyone to share together. Building an orchestra which incorporates all the ideas above would be ideal, I thought.
In fact, the idea has been with me for a long time - ever since college, according to my friend. In April 2014, I took a memorable trip to Europe and that really helped to crystallize my thoughts and get the orchestra started. I guess when the time is right, things fall into place.
"How did the name Wairua Sinfonietta come about? "
The idea to the name Wairua Sinfonietta was a gift from Uwe Grodd, who has been very supportive throughout the journey from idea to orchestra. I feel it is a name which best suits the mission, the philosophy behind this orchestra. Our logo is also symbolic and resonates with the idea.
"What do you see in Wairua Sinfonietta's future?
Wairua Sinfonietta is about unity through music. There are no boundaries or limits to unity, so our future is to create more pathways for building relationship from within the music community to the wider public. we would like to strive and stretch our horizons; to keep find unity and music everywhere.
Message from Artistic Advisor
Professor Uwe Grodd
Wairua Sinfonietta is a unique chamber orchestra brought together through the vision of a group of working musicians who wanted to share their music and give back to the community by playing for charitable purposes.
It represents not only the realisation of a dream for Elizabeth, but also a lot of co-operation and hard work by the team who share and support that vision.
I admire the energy and passion of all players and their music director in their commitment to unite people and communities through the power of music.
The performances of Wairua Sinfonietta are gripping, stylish and the concerts have a most enjoyable atmosphere.