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Dame Malvina Major 50th Jubilee Celebration Tour at Matawhero Winery

World–Renowned Soprano Dame Malvina Major joins special guests, Geoff Sewell, the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Hogsnort Rupert and the RNZ Air Force & Navy Bands for six outdoor summer shows in February / March 2014 – Playing at Matawhero Winery on Sunday February 16.

Dame Malvina Major (ONZ, GNZM, DBE) is next year celebrating 60 years as one of the world’s top opera singers. Her role developing artists like Hayley Westenra via her Foundation (launched in 1991) has seen her come full circle from the early days where the Hamilton born singer received classical lessons from Dame Sister Mary Leo (who also taught Dame Kiri Te Kanawa!) and later, Ruth Packer from the Royal College of Music. In 1963 Malvina won the NZ Mobil Song Quest, in 1965 the Australian Melbourne Sun-Aria, and in 1966, the prestigious London based Kathleen Ferrier Award. She has performed in more than 30 opera roles in their original languages, recorded numerous albums and performed internationally at the pyramids in Egypt with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, for royalty, at a charity concert for Vera Lynn and at the BBC concert broadcast in London, amongst others.

In 1991 Malvina won the New Zealand Entertainer of the Year and in 1998 was awarded the Benny, The Variety Club of New Zealand’s highest lifetime achievement award. She has received Honorary Doctorates from both Waikato and Massey Universities. Malvina is a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) and a Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (PCNZM) for her contributions to opera (later exchanged for Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit). In the Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours List 2001, Dame Malvina Major was appointed to the Order of New Zealand (ONZ).

London based New Zealander Geoff Sewell is an internationally successful tenor and multi-platinum selling recording star. He was one of the creators and founding member of the international sensation Amici Forever - a classical-crossover sensation and the world's first multi-platinum selling opera band, who reached over three and a half million sales worldwide with their debut album The Opera Band (2003) and their follow-up Defined (2005). His 2008 debut solo album, Believe was released to acclaim and chart success. In 2009, after a sell-out tour of NZ with five other international stars from his hugely successful company Incognito Artists, Geoff released Geoff Sewell and Incognito Artists - Live in Concert DVD which charted at number one.

Hamilton County Bluegrass Band exploded into the New Zealand Folk and Country music scene in 1968 and is still one of NZ’s best loved groups. They featured on the TVNZ show the Country Touch, toured Australia with the Slim Dusty Show and more recently performed at the Redlands Bluegrass Festival in Brisbane and at the American River of Music Party International Bluegrass Festival.

Hogsnort Rupert originally formed in 1969 (as the Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band) and are one of the greatest all-time Kiwi bands, best known for their humorous music which includes several chart singles and the number one hits Pretty Girl. One of the founding members, Dave Luther, was also a member of Dave and the Dynamos - famous for their number one 1983 hit Life begins at 40. Hogsnort Rupert, after 40 years performing, is one of the longest running bands in NZ history.

The Royal New Zealand Navy Band*** (Gisborne and Auckland shows only) is based at HMNZ Philomel in Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore. They are primarily a military band of around 32 full-time musicians that provide music for the ceremonial, PR and entertainment requirements of the RNZ Navy and have toured extensively world-wide.

Sunday 16 Feb – GISBORNE, Matawhero Winery

Tickets on sale now from:

www.iticket.co.nz / 09 361 1000 / 0508 484 253

or available from Matawhero Winery from Sat October 12th - Open weekend noon to 3pm

Early-bird Tickets: $49 with no booking fee and limited to 1000 tickets per show / available until 1 December (unless sold out prior). Children under 12 are FREE!

Standard Tickets: $79 with no booking fee.

Times: Doors - 5 pm or approx 1.5 hours prior to show start time of 6pm

For more information see www.summertimesounds.com or for general information about the Gisborne concert see http://www.summertimesounds.com/#!gisborne/c1941