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Robyn Hood, The Musical
Gary Daverne
Music Director Emeritus - Auckland Symphony Orchestra

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Pirates of the Carribean Album cover

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2nd Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra by Gary Daverne was recorded at the Takapuna War Memorial Hall, North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand, 11th December 2016.
Soloist, Grayson Masefield performs with the North Shore Accordion Ensemble conducted by
Lionel Reekie.
Ensemble players left to right: Lian Jones, Campbell Bettridge, Alanah Jones, Jenna Murray, Kristina Roper, Stephanie Panzic, Catrina Lin, Alexandra Reekie.
Published on Dec 19, 2016.


After 40+ years of conducting orchestras, bands and choirs all around the world, Gary Daverne tells of some of the unplanned ‘things’ that happened while conducting from the podium, things the audiences and the players were generally unaware of.

Some are serious; some downright hilarious.

Included, are those thirty-five years of musical history of the Auckland Symphony, from the beginning in 1975, while he was Music Director/Conductor.

There are 300 pages, 77 photos plus a complimentary CD.

From the Podium (ISBN 978-0-473-32751-4) is available from most good book stores. RRP is NZ$42.


Buy direct and receive an autographed copy for only $30 (gst incl.)
plus $5 for postage in NZ.
Direct orders to: with postal and contact details.

Payment can be made to BNZ Bank A/c: 02-0248-0099307-000

Daverne Crest

Daverne Family Crest

Motto: "He Keeps His Eyes On The Stars"

Gary Michiel Daverne, ONZM (born 26th January 1939 Auckland), is an internationally acclaimed, honoured and successful New Zealand musical arranger, conductor, director, composer and record producer, with many awards to his credit. 

He currently holds the title of Music Director Emeritus, of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra he founded in 1975 and remained resident music director/conductor for 35 years, retiring in 2010 handing the baton over to a younger maestro.

Since retirement, Gary has gone back to his ‘pop’ and ‘rock ‘n roll’ roots as a record producer, where he is now producing new recording projects mainly with young talent and digitally re-mastering for archive purposes, recordings that he produced in earlier years, mainly in the 60’s and 70’s.  These are mainly for Internet re-release on his Viscount label, through  There have been some hard copy limited edition releases for collectors.

During 2014/15 period, Gary musically directed three very successful children’s musicals, two of which he had composed the music for, some 40 years ago but recently revised and updated. These were:
Robyn Hood – Outlaw Princess (words by John Reynolds) and Cats of Ponsonby (words and story by Ray Prowse) along with The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White. See reviews.

Recent compositions include:
Auckland March. (see video), Silver Fern March,
2nd Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra

Gary has conducted many major orchestras around the world and is still involved with orchestras as a guest conductor and as an arranger and composer.

As a composer, he has composed music for symphony orchestras, brass and military bands, children's songs and musicals, with more than 500 television and radio advertising jingles, film soundtracks and many pop songs.  Gary is New Zealand's most prolific composer and arranger of music for the accordion.  As a record producer he has released some forty albums achieving one Platinum and two Gold records.

Picture of Auckland Symphony Orchestra performing Pirates of the Carribean, Auckland Town Hall, conducted by Gary Daverne.
You tube link with over 16 million views as of 1st October 2017.

2010 Carols Concert
Carols 2010, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland Symphony Orchestra with Combined Pacific Island Church Choirs, conducted by Gary Daverne.

Gary in concert at the Auckland Town Hall, conducting 'Pirates of the
Caribbean' with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.  November 2012.

President, Primus Ikaalinen TV Show competition, Finland
Gary representing New Zealand, as the President of the six-member International
Jury, at the famous, Primus Ikaalinen TV Show competition, which is part of the
Sata-Hame Soi Accordion Festival in Ikaalinen, Finland. June 2011

Gary and high-ranking dignitaries at the Cao Jun Art Museum opening, Wuxi, China,
where Gary was a VIP guest speaker. May 2011

For CD Track Listings and Sound Samples


Music Director Emeritus

Certificate presented in March 2011
Music Director Emeritus Gary Daverne

Benny Award

On Wednesday evening, 27 October 2010, at the Pump House on Auckland's North Shore, Gary, was recipient of the prestigious 'Benny' award, the highest honour that can be awarded to any entertainer in New Zealand.
benny award
The 'Benny', awarded each year from the Variety Artists Club (VAC), is for services to entertainment in the fields of Music, Musical Theatre, Acting and Film and is awarded to an entertainer or someone in the industry who has excelled or contributed to the industry above the "norm".

This major award is named after a famous NZ magician Edgar Benyon who received the first award in 1969.


Companion of North Shore City

Companion of North Shore City Presentation - Mayor & Gary Daverne

Mayor of North Shore City Andrew Williams presenting the Companion of North Shore City Award to Gary Daverne ONZM. This prestigious award was presented on the 14th September 2010, 'for exceptional service to the North Shore Community benefiting present and future generations of the Auckland region'.

Companion of North Shore City certificate
This is very special award is presented only occasionally, not annually.

To view other awards click here


Photos from 14 November 2010 Free Family Concert, Auckland Town Hall

Gary Daverne Announcing
Gary Daverne announcing to the audience.

Angelina & Gabriella Witten-Hannah
Identical twins, sopranos Angelina & Gabriella Witten-Hannah in concert.

Gary Daverne congratulating Angelina & Gabriella Witten-Hannah
Gary congratulating the twins Angelina & Gabriella.


'Last Night of the Proms 2010' at the Bruce Mason Centre - Takapuna - Auckland

For the Finale, the balloons are falling.

2010 Last Night at the Proms
The Auckland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne with the Auckland
Symphony Chorus conducted by Peter Thomas

2010 Last Night of the Proms
The Auckland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne with the Doran
Gregory Irish Dancers.

Last Night of the Proms
The Auckland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne with Pipe Major
Kerry Ballantyne and the City of Sails Pipe Band.


Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships, Bruce Mason Centre, North Shore City
25-29 August 2009

Stephanie Poole & the Auckland Symphony Orchestra
Stephanie Poole performing with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra (ASO)
performing Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna.

New Zealand Accordion Orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne
New Zealand Accordion Orchestra (NZAO) - Conducted by Gary Daverne
Invercargill March by Alex Lithgow
New Zealand in Song arranged by Gary Daverne
Musical Party by Gary Daverne (dedicated to Silvio De Pra)
at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna.

World Accordion Orchestra III
Conducting the World Accordion Orchestra III at the 2009 Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships, 147 accordionists from 14 nations.

World Accordion Orchestra III
World Accordion Orchestra III
World Accordion Orchestra III conducted by Gary Daverne. This photo was published as a centre-fold in the Finnish Accordion Institute Magazine.


November 2009 concert, Auckland Town Hall
Gary Daverne in concert with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Town Hall, November 2009.

Auckland Symphony Orchestra
2009 Christmas Carols concert with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and the Combined Pacific Island Church Choirs, conducted by Gary Daverne, played to a capacity audience at the Auckland Town Hall.

Santa wanted to take over, but Gary wasn't too keen!

Gary slinks offstage while Santa 'takes over'


'Last Night of the Proms'

Bruce Mason Centre - Takapuna
20/21st June 2009

I did not go to The Last Night of the Proms with any thought of writing a review, so I took no notes but just threw myself into the whole occasion, together with the rest of the boisterous sell-out audience - with the result that my mind is a blur, having been battered into submission by the barrage of music and humour, once again concocted by Musical Director, Gary Daverne for his Auckland Symphony Orchestra and the North Shore 100 Voice Chorale and Friends.

Frankly, everyone seems to be 'doing' Last Night of the Proms these days, but none like the ASO. Whilst there was the usual sprinkling of patriotic numbers such as 'I Vow to Thee My Country', 'There'll Always Be An England' and 'Flower of Scotland', it was like no other Last Night that I've ever been to. Indeed until the final quarter-hour or so one could be forgiven for thinking that one was at a cross between the Royal Command Performance and the Crazy Gang.

The Orchestra was, of course, in fine fettle and Gary at his most effervescent, while the Choir, shadow conducted by Peter Thomas, entered wholeheartedly into the mischievous spirit of things. To attempt a musical critique, particularly as a non-musician in my own case, would be to miss much of point of the afternoon.

The audience, many bedecked in flags, tinsel wigs, fancy dress and painted faces, and armed with hooters and streamers, know what to expect on these occasions, this the ninth consecutive year. They were duly treated to a succession of splendid and, in some cases, unlikely cameo features.

The evergreen Max Cryer was as immaculate and humourous as ever with his 'Little List' from the Mikado, accordionist Tracy Collins kept the pace going with some Irish sing along numbers and her impish, virtuoso playing, while pianist, Deryn Trainer gave a fine rendition of 'The Eve of Destruction' from 'War of the Worlds' and an Elton John selection.

Surely a Proms' audience have never been confronted (or do I mean affronted?) by such an outrageous 'Sweet Transvestite', Keith Adams, brilliantly portraying the hit number from the musical, 'The Rocky Horror Show'. Soprano, Louise Malloy eventually brought us back to sanity, leading the audience in the traditional 'Rule Britannia'.

Gary Daverne is a master at putting an entirely fresh show together each year - everything from Gilbert & Sullivan and 'Lord of the Dance' with the dazzling Irish Dancers to 'Starlight Express' and 'The Dambusters March' - not forgetting 'Highland Cathedral' and 'Scotland the Brave' by the City of Sails Pipe Band. Next time Gary, warn the audience that you are going to play 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and we'll all bring our scarves!

It was a wonderful afternoon's entertainment from beginning to end, but my lasting impression will be of the final ten minutes when the balloons descended from the ceiling, the hooters, streamers and poppers were let off at full force, the audience were on their feet, and the whole theatre was one huge party - what a crescendo of colour, sound and sheer exuberance!

June 2009

Gary with Tracey Collins, the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and the 100 Voice North Shore Chorale

Last Night of the Proms finale.

Earlier Reviews

Earlier Reviews

A Rodney Times review featuring the Auckland Symphony Orchestra with Dame Malvina Major is now available to view.

View the full review here



China Tour 2007

The following is a report from CCTV after the orchestra's first concert in Beijing

The Auckland Symphony believes "Music should be fun and enjoyed by players and audiences alike." It clearly demonstrated that philosophy at its Chinese debut at Beijing's Century Theater on Saturday afternoon. The concert raised money for students in the poverty-stricken areas of China.

Auckland Symphony enjoys a loyal following and fine reputation for its performances of popular classics and film music. Their repertoire features the theme from the blockbuster movie "Lord of the Rings" which was shot in New Zealand.

It's said music knows of no boundary. It's the perfect bridge to unite people from different cultures, languages and background. The Auckland Symphony Orchestra brought that friendship and good will to China. The Chinese love song "The Moon Speaks For My Heart" is a good example.

Beijing is the first of three charity concerts. The others are in Shanghai, and Shijiazhuang to raise money for the "Mountain Flower Project," which helps children in poverty-stricken areas of China get an education.

Gary conducting the Auckland Symphony Orchestra
Shanghai, China 2007

The Auckland Symphony is one of the most popular orchestras in New Zealand. Founded in 1975, it features over eighty players from all parts of Auckland, and from all walks of life, including a number of professional musicians as well as talented amateurs. They play purely for the pleasure of making wonderful music together.


American solo accordionist, Mary Tokarski, in rehearsal with the ASO, at the Auckland Town Hall 20 November 2005.
Conductor, Gary Daverne.

The Auckland Symphony is 30 years old.


12 year old Korean, solo pianist Jason Bae, with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra conductor Gary Daverne. Amalia Hall (17) in concert with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gary Daverne. Auckland Town Hall, 6 August 2006.

Sing Along Christmas Concert, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gary Daverne, massed combined choirs and soloists.
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE.

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