From Sally - June 23, 2019 - About Nikolai Saratovsky Piano recital Sunday 23/6

Wonderful concert! You will not know me but I was at the most amazing concert ever in raumati on sunday. Nicoli was absolutely fantastic and I cannot find all the words to tell you how marvellous he was. But also wanted to say been to many of your concerts and all of them wonderful but this last one your dear pianist was superb.


From Martin, Jens and Mark - March 12, 2019 - About Michael Endres Piano recital Sunday 10/3

My two friends and I had the chance to volunteer at the "mulled wine concert" this Sunday. We all found the people involved inspiring and interesting, especially Michael Endres who we got to talk to a bit. Even though we are 19 years old and typically don't enjoy classical music we had a good time at the venue. We weren't the only ones enjoying it as a few of the attendees even shimmied along to the music in their seats. We all thought it was a great incentive for people to come out and enjoy something social to beautiful piano music.


From Kerry and Peter Fryer - August 13, 2017 - About the 2017 Season

We congratulate you on arranging the wonderful concerts this year. It was 2013 when came to live on the Kapiti Coast​ and we have been attending the concerts for only a short time. We both agree that this year has been the best.


From Michelle Wing - August 14, 2017 - About Matthew Marshall and Heleen du Plessis

What a character the cellist was. Where else would you get such an informed, fun interaction with performers. Yesterday was an exercise in broadening my listening experience.


From Gillian and Russell Feist - July 17, 2016 - About Hammers & Horsehair

Many thanks Mary for organising such an enjoyable concert - with such wonderful seating for VUW group.
The choice of music by Hammer (Douglas) & Horsehair (Robert) was great. We loved their presentation of each work & it was lovely to see the 3 young children obviously entranced.


From Brigid O'Meeghan - March 18, 2015 - About Deidre Irons and Gillian Ansell

Lovely afternoon and concert at Paekakariki. Thank you. The series is fantastic!

From Paula Anker - June 29, 2014 - About Jian Liu

Greetings Mary! Thank you so much for offering the double pass to the Dominion Post's "Giveaway" ... Wasn't I the truly lucky one! Jian Liu's playing was an absolute treat. I could sense his enjoyment and depth of feeling in all his playing ... such a special afternoon. Thank you.

From Sally Forman - March 17, 2014 - About Vesa-Matti Leppanen, Andrew Joyce, and Diedre Irons

Another wonderful afternoon of music in the Memorial Hall Mary, thank you, thank you… The Rachmaninov in particular is still resonating within. Exquisite! Respect for your passion, and sharing.

From Barbara Mountier - August 16, 2013 - About John Chen and The Homewood Trio

Dear Mary Here are my comments on two of the concerts. The Homewood trio were a great pleasure, such accomplished musicians and a refreshing programme. Also lovely to look at. It is rather remarkable that we can sit in little old Paekakariki and listen to world class musicians. John Chen's recital of the Bach Preludes and Fugues Book 1 was historic. I knew I mustn't miss it. I am so grateful to have heard him. I followed the score as I listened and was impressed by the amazingly varied styles and motifs and moods of the music These are rather longer than I meant but you can use whatever bits are useful. So good to have been there. Thank you

From Tony Reed - August 13, 2013 - About The Homewood Trio

I had to send you a message (to pass on to the performers if you wish) saying how much I enjoyed the Martinu. A very good performance of what was (at least for me) by far the best piece of the afternoon. I suspect Andrew at least agreed with that, as his introduction certainly put the composer well in context. The obviously complex rhythms and harmonies of the outer movements were treated with apparent ease. I had forgotten how beautiful the slow movement is; I shall dig my CD out again - it is one by the Dartington Ensemble, which I have owned for about 20 years I think. I am such a Martinu fan that, during one visit to Prague, I took the daily bus half way across the country to his birthplace at Policka, and duly paid homage in that tiny little town to their most famous son. Anyway, thanks again for an interesting concert, with a wonderful finale. I look forward to next year.

From Barbara Feeney - August 11, 2011 - About Michael Houston Concert

Hi Mary I want to say thank you for creating such a wonderful series of concerts in our local Memorial hall. I felt so priviledged to attend a recent concert with world-renowned pianist Michael Houston in our local hall. It is extraordinary to live in this tiny community of Paekakariki and have Michael choose to play five doors down the road from where I live. Wonderful music, a wonderful occasion, long may it continue. My daughter from Palmerston North who accompanied me said "He looks at everyone in the hall before acknowledging everyone - great music and such a special occasion". Please invite him to play again. Thanks for the all the work that goes into organising these world class events.


David Groves Support Letter for Funding - July 2012