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Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock
Photographed by Caroline Forbes

Gillian Whitehead

Gillian Whitehead
Photographed by Gareth Watkins

Gillian Whitehead

First performed in 2002, Alice is the moving story of a woman’s fight for a new life in colonial NZ. Fleur Adcock’s text with music by Gillian Whitehead is already recognised as a NZ musical masterpiece.

Also on this CD is the exquisite short concerto for harp and orchestra “Karohirohi”, and one of Whitehead’s most impressive symphonic scores “The Improbable Ordered Dance”.

NZSO conducted by Marc Taddei

Helen Medlyn (mezzo) performs “Alice”

Carolyn Mills, NZSO Principal harpist, performs “Karohirohi”.

Read the Alice text written by Fleur Adcock:

Read the Text

1-8 Alice, a monodrama

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

mezzo-soprano Helen Medlyn

Text Fleur Adcock

Music Gillian Whitehead

1 On board the S.S. Fifeshire

2 Arrival in New Zealand

3 Father and daughter exchange letters

4 Alice discovers she is pregnant

5 The death of Alice’s father

6 The death of Alice’s husband

7 Alice’s return to the farm at Makarora

8 Looking forward to a new life


9 Karohirohi

for solo harp and orchestra

solo harp Carolyn Mills



10 the improbable ordered dance

for orchestra


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