SATURDAY DECEMBER 29
The Wire (RNZ National, 2.04pm). Nothing to do with the award-winning US drama series set in Baltimore, this is an award-winning Canadian series about the impact of electricity on music. Today focuses on the human voice: how we communicate now and take for granted that recordings can be made, stored and reheard. Part two on Sunday (2.05pm) looks at the quantum leap that came with the invention of magnetic recording tape.
Live: Elbow at the Powerstation (RNZ National, 3.10pm). A live recording from April this year of the popular band who hail from Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester. It was “the gig of the year”, according to the NZ Herald’s reviewer.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 30
Spectrum (RNZ National, 12.15pm). Motorbike enthusiasts seem to enjoy the cold weather – there’s the midwinter freeze-your-muffler-off Brass Monkey Rally in Central Otago, and today, Justin Gregory checks out this year’s Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari, in which more than 250 scooter riders traversed the South Island from Christ-church to Hokitika. In May. The ride raises money for the Cancer Society, and Gregory visits Safari HQ the day before they set off.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Summer Sonic (RNZ Concert, noon). Summer Sonic kicks off with a four-part series of recordings from the Edinburgh Festival, a collection of festivals taking place in August each year. Check our listings for details – the programmes are today, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
New Year’s Eve with Warwick Burke (RNZ National, 7.06pm). Warwick Burke sees in 2013 with music, guests and nostalgia. RNZ Concert celebrates with the Dame Malvina Major Foundation 21st Anniversary Gala (Music Alive, 8.00pm), featuring a huge line-up of singers, including Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Phillip Rhodes, Aivale Cole, Darren Pene Pati and Kirstin Darragh. The NZSO are conducted by Wyn Davies, and the singers perform arias and ensembles from opera, plus lieder and art song. All the singers, and violinist Ben Morrison, feature in concert opener Serenade to Music, by Vaughan Williams.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
Settling the Score (RNZ Concert, 8.00am). A countdown so nice, they’re playing it twice.
THURSDAY JANUARY 3
Appointment (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). In Song of America, a new 13-part series, baritone Thomas Hampson examines poetry, history and culture connections in American song. He draws on his extensive collaboration with the Library of Congress, and begins with American Characters, featuring songs about real and fictional characters, including poets, preachers and a president.