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Whānau Overture

for concert band / wind band by Anthony Ritchie Opus 211 (2021)

Programme Note

Prior to composing the piece for the Manukau Wind Band, Anthony received comments from band members describing what playing in the band meant to them. These comments informed the ideas in the music.

Whānau Overture was commissioned by The Manukau Concert Band to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and to be performed during 2021, under conductor Tom Chester. The band is proud of its inclusive and community spirit, and the music endeavours to reflect that: it is upbeat and playful and contains dance rhythms, but also has a tone of determination.