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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—

GIBBS
Sonata VIII in E-flat Major

HANDEL
Sonata in G minor HWV364a

GIBBS
Sonata IV in B-flat major

PLAYFORD
‘La Folia’ from The Division Violin

THE MUSICIANS

Lara Hall Violin
Rachael Griffiths-Hughes Harpsichord

MEDIA

INFORMATION

TOUR DATES
23 August – 6 September 2020

DURATION
95 minutes including an interval

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

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

WHEN AND WHERE

TAURANGA

Sun 23 Aug at 4:00pm

Tauranga Park Auditorium

ROTORUA

Mon 24 Aug at 7:30pm

Monarch Room, Princes Gate Hotel

LOWER HUTT

Fri 28 Aug at 7:30pm

St. Marks Church, Woburn Road

DOOR SALES ONLY

MOTUEKA

Mon 31 Aug at 7:30pm

Chanel Arts Centre

DOOR SALES ONLY

WANAKA

Thu 3 Sep at 7:30pm

Lake Wanaka Centre

CROMWELL

Fri 4 Sep at 7:30pm

Tarras Community Church

DOOR SALES ONLY

GORE

Sun 6 Sep at 4:00pm

St. Andrew’s Hall

DOOR SALES ONLY

CORE FUNDER

Creative New Zealand | Toi Aotearoa

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