3 July 2001
I must compliment you on your selection of material for the Proms concerts. I never imagined how much fun the performances would be - it was a blast (loved every minute of it).
Thank you so much.
11 July 2001
"How lucky North Shore residents were this last Sunday to have the opportunity to reminisce with "Old England".
This last weekend at the Bruce Mason Centre." The Last Night of the Proms" was presented by Gary Daverne and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra along with Margot Lloyd's 100 Voice Chorale plus friends. What a splendid party was had by all. .......
Thanks to Gary, the Conductor and master of Ceremonies, for presenting such a memorable show which I am sure brought wonderful memories to those of us you enjoy such musical traditions. Let's make this an annual festival - PLEASE????
30 June 2001
From Lew and I (and I am sure all who were at the Bruce Mason tonight 30 June) thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a fantastic experience.
We loved every minute of it! Take care - "congratulations to all involved on a job magnificently done"
Lew and Marilyn
01 July 2000
The show last evening was wonderful. Please make it an Annual Musical Event.
The choir was awesome, so many voices. Orchestra superb as usual.
Congratulations, you make it all look so easy, but can imagine the organization with so many performers.
Joanne and Noel McCarthy
05 July 2001
2 July 2001
Dear Gary Daverne
We just had to put pen to paper to once again say thank you for a most entertaining afternoon yesterday. Everything was excellent. It's so lovely at a concert like that we become one big happy family.
Music you had chosen was so easy to listen to and enjoy. The orchestra was superb and the choice so very good. All this made us the audience just want to sing our hearts out.
Your soloists had such wonderful voices.
We will be keeping our eyes open next year for when hopefully you will have another last Night of the Proms. I'm sure tickets will sell even faster than they did this year.
Thanks once again from all of us
on behalf of the Pearly Group
06 July 2000
I always thought the "Last Night of the Proms" concerts a bit silly when I watched them on TV (and it's not my favourite music either) but being involved in one, I can now see the point. What I enjoyed best about the concert was driving away afterwards and seeing groups of grown adults walking down the road to their cars waving flags, holding balloons and wearing silly hats. And they hadn't even been drinking! When I came back over the Harbour Bridge on Sunday evening, I passed a minibus with 'Roskill Masonic Lodge' written on it, and inside it was full of little old ladies waving British flags and still enjoying themselves!
14 May 2001
For the attention of Gary Daverne O.N.Z.M.
Lots of Great Squeezing
in Texas by Valarie Kieser
Accordion Championships Celebrate 30th Birthday - New Zealand
Contributed by Christine Adams
The New Zealand Accordion Association South Pacific Championships and Festival was held in Auckland from June 1st to 3rd. It is the largest annual accordion event in the Southern Hemisphere. The event included 30th birthday celebrations and a special tribute to accordionist Silvio de Pra (who has always been willing to adjudicate at the competitions and often appeared as a guest artist during the last 30 years), Chairman of the Accordion Examination Board since its inception in 1972 and Chief Examiner since 1992.
Auckland composer Gary Daverne was commissioned to write a special piece for this event entitled "Musical Party". This piece was performed by a massed orchestra of over 80 accordionists from USA, New Zealand, China and Australia in a final concert held on Sunday afternoon to the excited audience.
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