The Weekend Sun Competition


Bay of Plenty Symphonia is pleased to present their June concert, Beethoven and Brass.


Featuring a slightly smaller orchestra than normal to fit the Holy Trinity Church stage, the programme is no less dynamic.


Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is the centre-piece of the programme. Written in 1803 at a time when Beethoven was coming to terms with his worsening deafness, the symphony is acknowledged as one of the most influential compositions ever and is remarkable for its many musical innovations. 


It caused a sensation when first performed due to its length and scale, and changed the idea of what a symphony could be. Originally written for Napolean Bonaparte, Beethoven changed the title to Eroica – or ‘heroic' – and the dedication “to the memory of a great man” after becoming disillusioned when Napoleon appointed himself emperor. 


Tauranga based trombone player Joe Thomas is BOP Symphonia’s featured soloist. Joe studied at the New Zealand School of Music then worked for the NZ Army band in Christchurch before returning to his hometown. 


His family have played a dominant role in the Tauranga brass band scene over the years.


Beethoven and Brass is conducted by Justus Rozemond and will be performed at Holy Trinity Church, Tauranga, on Saturday, June 19, from 4pm.


Tickets cost $10 from Eventfinda and i-Sites. Booking fees will apply. Door sales will be available before the concert (cash only).



The Weekend Sun has one double pass pass to see Beethoven and Brass on June 19 for one lucky reader.



Competition Results

Congratulations to our winners, John & Robyn Begley!