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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.

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.