Chamber Music New Zealand – audio described concert with touch tour

New Plymouth

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Chamber Music New Zealand presents

Alex Ross with Bianca Andrew & Stroma.

Touch Tour on stage:  6.00pm.

Audio described concert:   7.30pm.

Venue: Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West, New Plymouth.

Audio described tickets are available for purchase from February 2018.

About the Concert

An exploration of the history of chamber music in the 20th and 21st Century. Author Alex Ross pulled back the curtain for the masses and hit the best seller lists with his compelling and revelatory history of twentieth-century music, The Rest Is Noise. A tour-de-force of musicology and social history, Ross dispels the elitist myths surrounding modernist and post-modernist masterpieces, allowing audiences to share in his passion for this repertoire.

Ross shares the stage with the exquisite mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew and Aotearoa’s pre-eminent modern music ensemble Stroma. Together they present a musical tasting session that winds through the ages featuring work by Ravel, Bartók, Stravinsky and, of course, the modernist master himself, Schoenberg.

  • Alex Ross Author (Animateur).
  • Bianca Andrew (mezzo soprano).
  • Hamish McKeich (STROMA Conductor/Co-Director).
  • Bridget Douglas (Flute).
  • Patrick Barry (Clarinet).
  • Vesa-Matti Leppänen (violin).
  • Andrew Thomson (viola).
  • Ken Ichinose (cello).
  • Emma Sayers (piano).

Total Duration: 2 hours including a 20 minute interval.

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description involves the accessibility of the visual images of theatre, television, movies, and other art forms for people who are blind, have low vision, or who are otherwise visually impaired.  It is a narration service (provided at no additional charge to the patron) that attempts to describe what the sighted person takes for granted — those images that a person who is blind or visually impaired formerly could only experience through the whispered asides from a sighted companion.

At this concert a trained audio describer will provide a live, objective description of the visual elements of performance during pauses in the music.  She uses a headset with a microphone. The narration is transmitted to audience members who are wearing an earpiece, with the earpiece attached to a pocket-sized radio receiver.

A touch tour prior to the concert will enable you to fully appreciate and visualise the stage setting, instruments and their placement on stage in relation to each other.

Ticket information

Adults: $30 (best available seating)

All child, secondary student, and tertiary student tickets are $10.

Your ticket will include the following:

  • Touch tour
  • Companion seat free (if required)
  • Audio described concert
  • Usher assistance (if required)
  • Braille programme (if required)
  • Guide dog access (if required)

How do I book my ticket?

Ring 0800 266 2378 and request an Audio Described ticket to the New Plymouth Alex Ross with Bianca Andrew & Stroma concert.

Laurel is your main contact person at Chamber Music New Zealand for tickets for this event, but the rest of the friendly CMNZ team will also be more than happy to help you.

If you have already purchased a ticket for this concert through Ticketek and wish to book for the audio description and touch tour please ring Laurel on 0800 266 2378.

How do I pay for my ticket?

If you still need to purchase a ticket, then Laurel will take your credit card details and address over the phone and will post your tickets to you.

Venue Accessibility, Parking and Transport

Wheelchair Access

The Theatre Royal is fully accessible for patrons in wheelchairs or those with limited mobility. There are 4 wheelchair seats and 4 carer seats in the Theatre Royal. There are wheelchair accessible ramps and bathrooms. Please ensure you let us know if you wish to book a wheelchair seat.
If you have a walking aid or crutches, please be aware that due to fire regulations these will be kept outside of the theatre during the performance and returned to you at the end. In the event of an evacuation, please remain in your seat until all other patrons have exited the theatre. There is one wheelchair in the venue which is available to borrow. If you wish to use this, please advise us when booking your tickets so we can ensure it is available for your use.
Hearing and Guide Dogs are welcome in the venue.

Parking & Transport

Parking can get very busy particularly in evenings and weekends. The nearest car park to the TSB Showplace is Central Car Park (between Devon Street and Powderham Street, opposite the venue).  There is one mobility park in Central Car Park. There is also a drop off/collection park immediately outside the venue. More information on car parking in the local area can be found on NPDC council website:

Public Transport
For information on bus routes in New Plymouth visit

Driving Miss Daisy is a companion driving service that offers friendly driving assistance to those who choose not to or do not drive. They are pleased to offer their assistance in and out of the theatre and your friendly driver is also available to accompany you to this concert, if required.

Their drivers are happy to offer shared rides to several friends/members, also sharing the cost as well! Remember to mention you are attending a Chamber Music New Zealand concert to claim a $5 discount per trip ($10 for return trip).

Just call 0800 948 432, or visit the Driving Miss Daisy website.

Note: Driving Miss Daisy is a pre booked service and so book in advance to ensure there is a car available for you.

More Information

For more information on this concert and Chamber Music New Zealand contact Sue Jane, Chamber Music New Zealand on 0800 266 2378, or (04) 802 0757, or by e-mailing

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Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace
92 Devon Street West
New Plymouth