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2022 Concert Series

We are pleased to announce a season of five concerts for 2022. Memberships and season tickets are available here.  Tickets to individual concerts are available in advance here, or at the door – cash only – $30 for members and $40 for non-members. For more details, view the Chamber Music Hutt Valley 2022 brochure.


Lorelle McNaughton

Lorelle McNaughton 
Tuesday 31st May – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

Spanish Composers in Paris:
– Debussy Estampes
– Albéniz Iberia (Book III)
– de Falla Cuatro Piezas Españolas
– Ravel from Miroirs – Une barque sur l’ocean
– Alborara del gracioso
– Albéniz Iberia (Book IV)

While training as a young pianist in Auckland, graduating from the University of Auckland and the Sydney Conservatorium, Lorelle developed a specialisation in Spanish piano repertoire. She moved to Barcelona to study with colleagues and disciples of Alicia de Larrocha. Lorelle now has a growing reputation as an interpreter of Spanish music. For CMHV, she performs impressionistic music created by French and Spanish composers.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.


New Zealand Chamber Soloists
Tuesday 21st June – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

– Martinů Piano Trio no 2, in D minor H 327 (1950)
– New commission
– Janáček Violin Sonata JW 7/7 (1914)
– Dvořák Piano Trio no 3, in F minor Op 65

New Zealand Chamber Soloists has been performing throughout New Zealand and internationally since it was formed in 2006. It embodies a unique blend of virtuosity, colour and spontaneous energy to its music-making, with a reputation for presenting the unique voice of young New Zealand composers, alongside classical and contemporary traditions. For CMHV they present the gorgeous colours and flavours of Czech music – romantic to modern eras.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.


Yuka Eguchi and Kemp English
Thursday 14th July – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

– Handel Sonata in D major HWV 37
– von Paradis Sicilienne
– Mozart Violin Sonata in C major K 296
– Beethoven Rondino (arr. Kreisler)
– Kreisler Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for solo violin, Op 6
– Schubert Sonata in G minor D 408
– Beethoven Sonata in F major Op 24 (Spring)

Yuka Eguchi and Kemp English are a violin and piano duo. Yuka has been Assistant Concertmaster of the N Z Symphony Orchestra since 2015, having previously led the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and then the Tokyo Mozart Players. Kemp has built an international reputation as an organist, a collaborative pianist and a specialist fortepiano exponent. Kemp will accompany Yuka on a fortepiano for this concert of music from baroque and classical periods.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.


Strings Amore
Thursday 1st September – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

– Vivaldi Concerto for viola d’amore in D major RV 392
– Telemann Concerto for two viola d’amore
– Graupner Concerto for viola d’amore in D major
– Bach Concerto for violin in E major BWV 1042
– Graupner Concerto for viola d’amore and viola in A major
– Telemann Concerto for viola in G major
– Bach Erbarme Dich (from St Mathew Passion) for violin, viola, strings

Strings Amore brings together five accomplished string players, resident in Wellington, to present music showcasing the viola d’amore. This instrument has six or seven strings plus others not played but vibrating in sympathy and giving it a sweet, warm sound. Much loved by baroque masters Vivaldi, Telemann and Graupner, the concert will feature music by them, plus Bach’s Concerto for violin in E major and Telemann’s Concerto for viola in G major.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.


Aroha String Quartet
Tuesday 20th September – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

– Mendelssohn String Quartet no 1 in Eƅ major, op 12
– Shostakovitch String Quartet no 10 in Aƅ major, op 118
– John Psathas Abhisheka
– Brahms String Quartet no 3 in Bƅ major, op 67

Aroha String Quartet. Founded in 2004, the Quartet is known for “accomplished brilliance, soulfulness and sublime intensity, all in perfect balance and tonal unity”. It is committed to presenting works ranging from the western classical and avant-garde repertoires to Chinese folk music. For many years the members have contributed their knowledge and energy to a very successful Music Residency programme in Hutt Valley schools.

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2021 Concert Series

We are pleased to announce a season of five concerts for 2021, plus a an extra special concert – Winterreise – that is not part of the series (details below). Memberships and season tickets are available here.  Tickets to individual concerts are available in advance here, or at the door – cash only – $30 for members and $40 for non-members for the main season, and $20 for the extra concert. For more details, view the 2021 brochure.

Megiddo and Thomson – A Cello Journey
Thursday 20th May – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

  • de Falla – Suite Populaire Espagnole
  • Salina Fisher – Mono no aware (物の哀れ)
  • Clara Schumann – Three Romances, op 22
  • Shostakovich – Adagio & Springtime Waltz from The Limpid Stream
  • Nadia Boulanger – Three Pieces for Cello & Piano
  • Brahms – Sonata no 2 in F, op 99

Inbal Megiddo (cello) and Rachel Thomson (piano) present music that demonstrates the breadth of expression and emotion found in the cello-piano repertoire. At her New York debut, Inbal’s playing was hailed as having “magical expression and technical expertise”. She now teaches at the NZ School of Music. Rachel works with many chamber groups and as an orchestral pianist.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

New Zealand String Quartet
Thursday 3rd June – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

Helene Pohl (violin), Monique Lapins (violin), Gillian Ansell (viola) and Rolf Gjelsten (cello) present a 250th Anniversary Celebration:

  • Beethoven – String Quartet in C minor, op 18/4
  • Beethoven – String Quartet in Eƅ major, op 74
  • Beethoven – String Quartet in C# minor, op 131

New Zealand String Quartet has been New Zealand’s leading chamber ensemble since 1987, with a distinguished record of international successes and acclaimed recordings. It has been the Quartet-in-Residence at the NZ School of Music since 1991. The Quartet’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, last year, was disrupted. This belated programme spans his composing genius.


Extra Special Concert Winterreise
Friday 2nd July – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

NB: Winterreise is not part of the subscription series.
Winterreise tickets are $20 for all adults, $10 for students, free for school children.
(available in advance through the website, or cash only at the door)

Will King (baritone) with Nicholas Kovacev (piano) – students of the NZ School of Music – present Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise D911. Winterreise (A Winter Journey) is a cycle of 24 songs, composed by Schubert to poems by Wilhelm Müller. The poetry is written in the voice of a young man who, having seen his beloved marry another, sets out on foot in the deepest winter to escape memories of her. His heart is broken, and his life is a torment of memories, dreams, and present pain. Schubert’s music perfectly captures that torrent of emotion with his exquisite control of the harmonies and melodic flow.


Liam Wooding (piano)
Tuesday 27th July – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

  • Douglas Lilburn – Sonata (1939)
  • Stuart Greenbaum – Remote Connection
  • Beethoven – Sonata in C# minor, op27/2 Moonlight
  • Duke Ellington – Reflections
  • Debussy – Images book 1
  • John Adams – Phrygian Gates

Liam Wooding is one of Aotearoa’s leading young pianists. He won the National Concerto Competition, performing with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and been a soloist with Auckland Philharmonia and Auckland Chamber Orchestras. As a chamber musician he toured New Zealand with Morton Trio in 2019. A graduate of Australian National Academy of Music, Liam is presently studying at University of Waikato.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Sweet Chance – songs from Germany & France
Thursday 26th August – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

Willkommen, Bienvenue! Songs from Germany and France:

  • Sämtliche Lieder – Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Wagner
  • Brahms – Zwei Gesänge (mezzo, viola, piano)
  • Fauré – Two Duets, op 10 (soprano, mezzo, piano)
  • Reynaldo Hahn – a selection of songs, including À Chloris
  • Berlioz – a selection of songs including La Spectre de la Rose
  • Charles Martin Loefler – two songs from Four Poems, op 5 (soprano, viola, piano)
  • Poulenc – Novelette no.1 (piano solo)
  • Auguste Panerson – Sainte Cécile
  • Fauré – Pavane (soprano, mezzo, piano)
  • Kurt Weill – a selection, including Je ne t’aime pas, Schickelgrüber

Morag Aitchison (soprano), Catrin Johnsson (mezzo) and Rachel Fuller (piano) all studied together at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Here they are joined by Serenity Thurlow (viola). They want to restore the vocal recital to current music-making. Their programme – Willkommen, Bienvenue! – brings together songs from Germany and France.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Ghost Trio
Wednesday 13th October – 7:30pm
St. Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

Willkommen, Bienvenue! Songs from Germany and France:

  • Haydn – Piano Trio in G major, Hob. XV:41
  • Josiah Carr – time and glue
  • Fauré – Piano Trio in D minor, op 120
  • Dvořák – Piano Trio No 3 in F minor, op 65

Monique Lapins (violin) and Ken Ichinose (cello) joined Gabriela Glapska (piano) in mid-2019 for a recital project for Gabriela’s doctorate. They enjoyed playing together, have continued and quickly gained a reputation for refreshing performances of the greatest music written for piano trio as well as for revealing less-known contemporary treasures.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.