Joy Tonks

The NZSO National Youth Orchestra: 50 Years and Beyond

ISBN: 9780864736093

Published September 2011

The NZSO National Youth Orchestra: Fifty years and Beyond is an intimate history of one of New Zealand’s most successful artistic enterprises, as revealed through the eyes of its inspirational first conductor, John Hopkins, and a succession of managers, national and international conductors, soloists, dedicated NZSO tutors and players.
Author Joy Tonks has drawn on many of these lively, diverse memories, together with interviews and other contributions, in combination with the orchestra’s own extensive archives and current records. Full of colourful and sometimes controversial personalities, this book tells of trials and triumphs, and is a tribute to the outstanding success of New Zealand’s National Youth Orchestra. 

Joy Tonks is the NZSO Historian and Archivist, and previously its Personnel Manager and Editor of Concert Pitch magazine). She is author of New Zealand Symphony Orchestra: The First Forty Years, 1986; Bravo! The NZSO at 50, 1996; Viva Malvina! the Lives of Dame Malvina Major, 2003, andvarious other collaborative publications. She is a former President of the New Zealand Women Writers Society, a long-serving executive member of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Awards, an inaugural member of the New Zealand Society of Authors Wellington Writers Walk committee, and a founding committee member of the NZSO Alumni Association. She was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 1997.




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