Tuning In

Tuning In © Goethe-Institut Neuseeland

Tuning In

Monthly dispatches from a Kiwi singer in Berlin and a rhythm researcher from Germany in the NZ capital. New language, new beat…

Oriental Parade Beach © Katie Rochow

19. January 2017 - Berlin
Festive times, festive places

Picnics with glow-worms, containers for live art, and a street party: Christmas is only the start of the festivities… 

December in Berlin © Imogen Thirlwall

16. December 2017 - Berlin
Learning curve

A first experience of collective music making in a foreign language

Books © Katie Rochow

16. December 2017 - Wellington
Learning curve

Learning how to teach – and teaching how to learn

Urban Exploration Photo 2 © Imogen Thirlwall

16. November 2017 - Berlin
Urban Exploration

Going off rail: exploring sites of German history 

Cuba Street © Katie Rochow

16. November 2017 - Wellington
Urban Exploration

Birdsong to buckets on Wellington’s streets...

“Solace of the Wind”, Wellington waterfront © Katie Rochow

17. October 2017 - Wellington
Winds of change

Katie looks for the sources of Wellington's creativity...

The record player: at the heart of a home © Imogen Thirlwall

17. October 2017 - Berlin
Winds of change

Kiwi singer Imogen embraces the freedom of uncertainty...

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Imogen Thirlwall

Imogen Thirlwall © Imogen Thirlwall As one of New Zealand's most versatile young sopranos, Imogen is known for her adventurous approach to modern repertoire and naughty maid character roles. She is a Freemasons New Zealand Opera Artist & Master of Music graduate from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music. Driven to chase the dream of being a working singer, she recently relocated from Wellington to Berlin. After dabbling in foreign languages through vocal repertoire, Imogen is now learning German through immersion and study with the Goethe-Institut. 


Katie Rochow

Katie Rochow © Katie Rochow Originally from the South of Germany, Katie moved to Wellington in 2013 to do her PhD in Media Studies at Victoria University. Her dissertation “Sensing the City – Mapping the Beat” explores the socio-musical and spatial dynamics of music-making in Wellington and Copenhagen. At the moment, Katie works as a Teaching Assistant in the College of Creative Arts and in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University in Wellington. Besides teaching, she loves to read, think, write, listen and play music from all over the world. During her travels she picked up some Swedish, Danish, French and Spanish but she mainly speaks and writes in English and German.