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The latest from arts writer Richard Betts

Richard Betts is an Auckland-based arts and culture writer.

Power play - conductor Gemma New is poised to become New Zealand’s most important classical musician.
Richard Betts | Fri, 28 Aug 2020

Gemma New was 12 and playing in the violin section of a Wellington youth orchestra when she heard a sound so perfect, so overwhelming, that she knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. The sound was The Great Gate of Kiev, a brassy, percussive tour de force, written...