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2020 Concert Series

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 disruption, our first two concerts for 2020 (Jun Bouterey-Ishido and the Cowan-Darroch Duo) have had to be cancelled, and the Marmen String Quartet will be unable to join us in October.

We are pleased to confirm a revised season of three concerts for the remainder of 2020. Memberships and season tickets are available here.  Tickets to individual concerts are available in advance here, or at the door – cash only – for $30 each. For more details, view the revised 2020 brochure.

Lara Hall & Rachael Griffiths-Hughes
Friday 28th August – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

  • Playford – Paul’s Steeple from The Division Violin
  • Gibbs – Sonata VI in F major
  • Handel – Sonata in A major, HWV 361
  • Gibbs – Sonata V in E major
  • Handel – Sonata in D major, HWV 371
  • Playford – Faronell’s Division on a Ground from The Division Violin
  • Gibbs – Sonata VII in Eƅ major
  • Handel – Sonata in G minor, HWV 364a
  • Gibbs – Sonata in Bƅ major

Both from the University of Waikato: Lara teaches violin and viola and is Concertmaster of Opus Orchestra; Rachael is Convenor of Music and directs the University Chamber Choir. They present a programme of English Georgian music, typically full of elegance, drama and spontaneous flair. It is built around sonatas by Joseph Gibbs, relatively unknown, but encompassing a great variety of styles with unexpected surprises.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Aroha String Quartet & Robert Orr 
Tuesday 8th September – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

  • Britten – Phantasy Quartet, op 2, for oboe and string trio
  • Beethoven – String Quartet in F major, op 59/1 (Rasoumovsky)
  • Alex Taylor – Refrain for string quartet
  • Bliss – Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet, op 21

Founded in 2004, the quartet is known for its “accomplished brilliance, soulfulness and sublime intensity, all in perfect balance and tonal unity”. It is committed to presenting works from the western classical and avant-garde repertoires to Chinese folk music. The members have been strong contributors to recent Music Residencies in Hutt Valley schools. They will be joined by Robert Orr, principal oboe in the NZ Symphony Orchestra.

NZTrio
Thursday 8th October – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

  • Beethoven – Piano Trio in C minor, op 1/3
  • Kristoz Hatziz – Old Photographs
  • Salina Fisher – Kintsugi – a new work
  • Dinuk Wijeratne – Love Triangle
  • Ravel – Piano Trio in A minor

NZTrio is renowned for its eclectic repertoire, outstanding talent and warm stage presence – it has been described as a “national treasure”. Re-forming the trio over the past two years, Ashley Brown, the founding cellist, is now joined by Amalia Hall, Concertmaster of Orchestra Wellington, and by Somi Kim, a young pianist who recently graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Performance and a Master of Arts with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

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2019 Concert Series

We are pleased to announce the Chamber Music Hutt Valley 2019 concert series. Memberships and season tickets are available here, and tickets to individual concerts will be available progressively on Eventfinda from January 2019 (refer EventFinda links below).

Amici Ensemble
Monday 27th May – 7:30pm
Little Theatre, Lower Hutt

Amici Ensemble was formed by Donald Armstrong, the Associate Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, in 1988 to perform works for many varieties of  combination of instruments. Once again, in 2019, he draws together principal musicians from the NZSO to present an innovative programme.  The Amici Ensemble is noted for its musicality and ability to relate to audiences – “splendid playing of a winning programme ..” – Dominion Post.

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Tickets will be available on Eventfinda from January 2019.

Donizetti Trio
Wednesday 19th June – 7:30pm
Little Theatre, Lower Hutt

Donizetti Trio have a wonderfully fresh approach to music – showcasing the little-known but attractive repertoire for their combination of instruments; Italian baroque to bel canto era opera transcriptions and fantasies to contemporary works.  Based in Auckland, this harmonious combination of instruments  has been performing together since 2009. “The epitome of smooth…admirably fleet-fingered…techniques comes across as naturally as birdsong” – NZ Herald.

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Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Adam Troubadours
Wednesday 17th July – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

Adam Troubadours is a new string quartet of talented young players, selected from amongst students at the Adam Summer School for Chamber Music, been mentored by the N Z String Quartet and are now touring for Chamber Music New Zealand.  All have been members of the National Youth Orchestra.  The previous edition of Adam Troubadours, in 2017, presented a concert in the Little Theatre hailed as “..revelatory, fascinating and compelling” – Middle-C.

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Tickets will be available on Eventfinda from January 2019.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Morton Trio
Wednesday 7th August – 7:30pm
Little Theatre, Lower Hutt

Morton Trio is comprised of three emerging professional musicians from New Zealand, now studying in Melbourne.  A bond of long friendship imbues performances with sensitivity as they explore the rich sonorities available when the cello in a piano trio is replaced by a French horn.  Arna led the 2017 Adam Troubadours superbly;  Alex believes everybody loves classical music, they just might not know it yet;  and Liam is committed to an advocacy of New Zealand music.

Eventfinda LogoTickets will be available on Eventfinda from January 2019.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Diedre Irons
Thursday 31st October – 7.30 pm
Little Theatre, Lower Hutt

Diedre Irons   is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished pianists.  Born in Canada, she trained, and taught, there and in the USA before coming to N Z in 1977, where she has also taught and performed extensively.  Together with an MBE and CMNZ, Diedre has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Music from Brandon University – “in recognition of outstanding contributions in the world of music through superlative achievement as a talented, dedicated and passionate pianist”.

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Tickets will be available on Eventfinda from January 2019.

The Donizetti Trio, Adam Troubadours and Morton Trio are presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.