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.