Making Music Together: PESE! FASI! PŪORO!

27th August 2022

At 3pm on a gorgeous Saturday
afternoon in Manukau, the Due Drop Events Centre played host
to an afternoon of wonderous music making where the Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra were joined by over 50 of South
Auckland’s best young musical talent from Sistema

Director of APO Connecting, the Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra’s education and community outreach
programme, Thomas Hamill explained, “Pese! Fasi! Pūoro!
is an annual partnership concert where we perform alongside
the young rangatahi from Sistema Aotearoa. It is wonderful
for the musicians from the orchestra to have seen the
development of the tamariki of Sistema from beginners, just
starting out on their instruments, to the artists that have
joined us today.” Hamill was also delighted to welcome
Tongan Conductor Kali Halapua to lead the orchestra in a
specially arranged version of Tongan hymn ‘Eiki Koe ‘Ofa
A’au. “Finding ways to connect with audiences you don’t
typically see at orchestral concerts is critical to the
future of the artform and playing captivating music from
cultures outside the western classical traditions is a key
part to this.”

For Halapua this was the first time
conducting the APO; “I delighted by the warm embrace I
received from the orchestra and it was a real mind blowing
experience.” Glowing after her APO debut she added, “I
have received so much support pre and post event from
Sistema and the APO it was wonderful”. Halapua was joined
for ‘Eiki Koe ‘Ofa A’au by soloists Linda Filimoehala and
Tavite Tonga who played the melody on Euphonium and Trombone
accompanied by a rich string sound with players from Sistema
and the APO. When asked why this particular piece was chosen
she explained “The hymn is well loved and universally sung
across all denominations, ages and Tongan diaspora. It is an
important hymn that brings people together.” Much like
this event.

For more APO community events please see and if you know of young aspiring musicians in
the Ōtara community go to to see
what opportunities there are available for

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