Museum of Wellington City & Sea's fifth and final Throwback Thursday celebrates two staples close to every Wellingtonian’s heart – music and coffee provided by Orchestra Wellington and Havana Coffee Works.
On Thursday the 26th of February we celebrate the Capital’s rich musical heritage with a free brass ensemble performance from the first city-based Orchestra in New Zealand, Orchestra Wellington, and one of the forerunner’s of Wellington’s world famous café culture, Havana Coffee Works.
While Orchestra Wellington has been operating as an independent brand since 2013, the Wellington Regional Orchestra Foundation Inc. has been presenting concerts for more than 60 years, making it the oldest city-based orchestra in the country. The Orchestra can trace its beginnings to 1948 and the founding of the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra. Over the course of the last four decades the Orchestra has undergone a number of but one constant has been the key role that it has played in the cultural life of Wellington and the wider region. Today, Orchestra Wellington plays an active role in the community that it serves, making classical music accessible to all.
Havana Coffee Works played a formative role in developing a unique café culture in Wellington which is now recognised internationally as a city that serves some of the best coffee in the world. Beginning in 1989 with the opening of café, Midnight Espresso and going on to open Deluxe Café, owners Geoff Marsland and Tim Rose progressed into roasting after pioneering New Zealand’s first fluid-bed hot air roaster. After establishing their original roastery with Havana Bar on Wigan St their coffee roasting business has expanded nationally and is now based out of a new factory on Tory St, where Barista’s are trained and coffee is served, sold & roasted.
Enjoy the brass ensemble performance from Orchestra Wellington with your favourite cup of Havana Coffee for just $3. All proceeds will be donated to the development of the Museum’s Attic space.