Victoria Kelly


Just five weeks after the Auckland Town Hall premiere performance of her Requiem with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2023, composer Victoria Kelly – whom we might describe as “arranger to the stars” – was on Facebook eliciting help.

“Hello friends,” she posted, “I would like to break my listening habits and would very much appreciate some recommendations for amazing/interesting new music that might have passed me by because I’m middle-aged and stuck in my ways. Hearty thanks in advance.”

Victoria Kelly wearing a t-shirt she made, featuring New Zealand female classical composers.  
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Gentle hum: Victoria Kelly, centre, with Neil and Sharon Finn.
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
A gathering at Apra's offices in Parnell, mid 1990s. Among those present are, from left, Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn, Karl Steven, Donna White, Sophie Cook, Chris Bourke, Eddie Rayner (front), Greg Clark, Victoria Kelly, Dave Gent, Debbie Harwood, unidentified, Liz Gallagher, Arthur Baysting.
Photo credit: Apra NZ
Photo call at the ‘Love Me As I Am’ tribute concert to Mahinaarangi Tocker at the Auckland Town Hall, 16 March 2018. Among the performers were Annie Crummer, Anahera Higgins, Kenji Iwamitsu Holdaway, Karen Hunter, Victoria Kelly, Shona Laing, Moana Maniapoto, Don McGlashan, Anika Moa, Hinewehi Mohi, Emma Paki, Nadia Reid, Maree Sheehan, Hinewairangi Tocker, Huirangi Tocker, Kīmai Tocker, and Charlotte Yates.
Photo credit: Maree Sheehan Collection
Young Victoria Kelly at the piano.
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
2003's Musical Director Victoria Kelly at the 2014 APRA Silver Scrolls with her award for the Best Original Music in a Feature Film for Field Punishment No. 01
Victoria Kelly, 2011, photographed by Gareth Watkins.
Photo credit: Ref: 5142, PADL-000860. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand
Victoria Kelly receives a standing ovation, and a bouquet, after the premiere of her composition Requiem with the APO; 11 March 2023. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly with Ashley Brown (at left) at Roundhead; the "Feral" necklace is from Tami Neilson. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly on keyboards, with Liam Finn, rehearsing for the 2012 Wellington premiere of The Hobbit, which was attended by 100,000 people lining Courtenay Place
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Backstage at a Tami Neilson gig (L-R): Vanessa Abernathy, Deva Mahal, Victoria Kelly, and Julia Deans. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly and Sam Hunt. "This was when I asked him if I could set his poem to music." Years later, Hunt's 'Requiem' became the second part of Kelly's 2023 work. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly, photographed by Lisa Meridan-Skipp for the Music in New Zealand cover, Summer 2000. 
Photo credit: Lisa Meridan-Skipp/Music in New Zealand
Victoria Kelly (in the panama hat) listening to her husband, celllist Ashley Brown, play one of her pieces. 
Photo credit: Jonathan King
Jenny Morris (centre) with Victoria Kelly and PM Jacinda Adern, September 2018. Morris had just been inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame; her speech was read by Victoria Kelly. 
Photo credit: APRA
Neil Finn - Independence Day - 2017
Victoria Kelly, dressed as Prince, with Lilith LaCroix (Gareth Farr). 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly, after the Requiem premiere, 2023, flanked by tenor Simon O'Neill and soprano Jayne Tankersley.
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly conducting the string orchestra at Neil Finn's 'Out of Silence' sessions, Roundhead Studio, August 2017. 
Neil Finn - Widows Peak - 2017
Strawpeople - Beautiful Skin (1995)
Victoria Kelly with Susan Rogers, Prince's sound engineer; Auckland, 2018. Rogers was taking part in SongHubs, a songwriting event for female producers and engineers, organised by Kelly. In 2023 she would write the liner notes for the release of Kelly's Requiem.  
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly, 2011, photographed by Gareth Watkins. 
Photo credit: Ref: 5206, PADL-000860. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand
Backstage at the Sydney Opera House: Neil Finn (centre) with the performers on his Out of Silence tour. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
A New Zealand composers' gathering on the Kapiti Coast, 2022. Clockwise from Eve de Castro-Robinson in the straw hat: Reuben De Latour, Victoria Kelly, Anthony Ritchie, Martin Lodge, John Psathas, Chris Cree Brown and, in the sunglasses, Leonie Homes. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Neil Finn - I Know Different - 2017
A quartet of New Zealand composers (L-R): Salina Fisher, Victoria Kelly, Eve de Castro-Robinson, Gillian Whitehead. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
The Bellbirds: Sandy Mill, Sean Donnelly, Don McGlashan, Victoria Kelly
Photo credit: Stephen G Perry
Victoria Kelly, 2011, photographed by Gareth Watkins.
Photo credit: Ref: 5090, PADL-000860. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand
Voodoo Love in 1992: Symon Edgerley, Rob King-Borrero, Victoria Kelly, Niel De Jong (father of the boys from Alien Weaponry).
Recording the Victoria Kelly's Requiem, at Roundhead, 2023. The cellist in the centre is Kelly's husband Ashley Brown. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly in 2005
Photo credit: Gareth Shute
Victoria Kelly in the Bellbirds with Sandy Mill (left), Don McGlashan, and Sean James Donnelly (SJD).
Victoria Kelly photo-bombing Alien Weaponry. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly on piano, backing Neil Finn, London.
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly in the Bellbirds with Sandy Mill, Don McGlashan.
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection
Victoria Kelly in 2018
Victoria Kelly (seated at the Fender Rhodes piano) at an event she organised in tribute of SJD, with Anika Moa (left) and Tami Neilson, Roundhead Studios, Auckland.
Tami Neilson on stage with, from left, Deva Mahal, Julia Deans, Victoria Kelly, and Vanessa Abernathy. 
Photo credit: Victoria Kelly Collection

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