Monday 10th September
CSO Presents: NZ Music of the 80s - Cityscape Magazine review
First published on Cityscape-christchurch.co.nz on 10th September.
An epic blast from the past rocked Horncastle Arena on Saturday night with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra taking a nostalgic-fuelled romp through the glorious days of 80s Kiwi pop.
Featuring some of the country’s top talents (Laughton Kora, Anna Coddington, Ria Hall and Bella Kalolo) rocking some of New Zealand's best tunes all backed by the powerhouse that is CSO, NZ Music of the 80s had the audience both on its feet and singing along during the giddying pop-tastic waltz down memory lane.
Frontman Kora combined his witty repertoire with some slick breakdancing moves as he worked the audience into a frenzy with The Swingers’ ‘Counting the Beat’, Dave Dobbyn’s ‘Slice of Heaven’, took a “hoon” on The Dance Exponents’ (as they were known back then) ‘Victoria’ as well as joining forces with rising diva and sassy firecracker Kalolo with a banging duet of the Holiday Makers’ 'Sweet Lovers'.
Kalolo also tore up the stage with Dave Dobbyn classics ‘Loyal’ and ‘You Oughta Be in Love’ as well as delivering one of the evening’s highlights – the CSO’s brilliant arrangement of Peeking Man’s ‘Room That Echos’ under the masterful guidance of conductor David Key.
Anna Coddington, who appeared alongside the CSO and Kora at last year’s David Bowie tribute, prowled the stage belting out Jenny Morris’ ‘Tears’, a mesmerising version of Margaret Urlich’s ‘Escaping’ (I was still singing on Sunday night) and the full-throttled delivery of the Straight Jacket Fits’ ‘She Speeds’. Hall, a crowd favourite, had the audience spellbound with the disturbingly haunting cover of Split Enz’ ‘I Hope I Never’, singing along to Crowded House’s ‘Something So Strong’ and pulling double duty with the Netherworld Dancing Toys’ duet ‘For Today’ channelling her inner Annie Crummer to smash it out of the park in a fitting finale.