LARA HALL & RACHAEL GRIFFITHS-HUGHES

ABOUT

Lara Hall, lecturer in violin and viola at the University of Waikato and Concertmaster of Opus Orchestra. Rachael Griffiths-Hughes is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Music at the University of Waikato, where she teaches Music History, Harpsichord and Organ, and Musicianship. The duo present a programme of Georgian violin music, full of elegance, drama and the spontaneous flair that their performances are known for.

At the heart of the programme are a set of 18th-century English sonatas by Joseph Gibbs. These have recently come to be considered of musicological importance but are as yet relatively unknown to listeners. Technically challenging and musically radical (for their elegant era), the sonatas encompass a great variety of styles, taking the listener on a journey with many entirely unexpected twists and turns.

Gibbs’ sonatas are accompanied by pieces by Playford, associated with the English fiddle tradition, and Handel, contrasting this with the fashionable world of London musical circles.

PROGRAMME

Georgian England: Country Fiddle to Court

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

—interval—

PLAYFORD
“Faronell’s Division on a Ground” from The Division Violin

GIBBS
Sonata VII in E-flat major

HANDEL
Sonata in G minor, HWV 364a

GIBBS
Sonata in B-flat major

THE MUSICIANS

Lara Hall Violin
Rachael Griffiths-Hughes Harpsichord

MEDIA

INFORMATION

TOUR DATES
23 August – 6 September 2020

DURATION
96 minutes including an interval

LOCATIONS
Tauranga, Rotorua, Motueka, Wanaka, Cromwell & Gore

PRESENTERS
This concert is presented in association with Cromwell & Districts Community Arts Council, Motueka Music Group, Music Society Eastern Southland, Rotorua Music Federation, Tauranga Musica Inc., & Wanaka Concert Society Inc.

WHEN AND WHERE

TAURANGA

Sun 23 Aug

Tauranga Park Auditorium

ROTORUA

Mon 24 Aug

Monarch Room, Princes Gate Hotel

MOTUEKA

Mon 31 Aug

Chanel Arts Centre

WANAKA

Thu 3 Sep

Lake Wanaka Centre

CROMWELL

Fri 4 Aug

Tarras Community Church

GORE

Sun 6 Sep

St. Andrew’s Hall

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