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.
Georgian England: Country Fiddle to Court
“Paul’s Steeple” from The Division Violin
Sonata VI in F major
Sonata in A major, HWV 361
Sonata V in E major
Sonata in D major, HWV 371
Sonata VIII in E-flat Major
Sonata in G minor HWV364a
Sonata IV in B-flat major
‘La Folia’ from The Division Violin
Lara Hall Violin Rachael Griffiths-Hughes Harpsichord
23 August – 6 September 2020
95 minutes including an interval
Tauranga, Rotorua, Lower Hutt, Motueka, Wanaka, Cromwell & Gore
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.
Lucien Johnson is an award winning musician who has been described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare excellence and mettle” (Wellington Jazz Festival), as “a miraculous musician” (Radio NZ) and as “a composer and arranger of supreme skill” (Dominion Post). He is joined in this quartet by some of New Zealand’s finest musicians: celebrated pianist Jonathan Crayford; and Tom Callwood, eminent double bassist for groups such as The Phoenix Foundation and Little Bushman; and rising star Cory Champion on the drums.
Lucien’s compositions reflective of some of the places that he has lived in and travelled to: France, Haiti, Ethiopia and of course, some reflections on our own wonderful country and musical heritage. Included in the set are two traditional waiata which Lucien will reinterpret. As a recent recipient of the Harriet Friedlander Residency he will be returning from New York for the tour and looks forward to seeing how this experience will influence the music.
A set of original compositions from Lucien’s 2017 album ‘West of the Sun’ and new material from his upcoming album ‘Kairangi’, complemented by interpretations of traditional waiata
Lucien Johnson Tenor Saxophone Jonathan Crayford Piano Tom Callwood Double Bass Cory Champion Drums
This concert is presented in association with Aroha Music Society, Chamber Music Wanganui, Cromwell & Districts Community Arts Council, Expressions Whirinaki, Motueka Music Group, Musica Viva Gisborne, Oamaru Opera House, Warkworth Music, Whangarei Music Society.
Due to the recent move to Level 3 in the Auckland region, the following three concerts have been postponed. New dates will be announced soon.
Warkworth Town Hall
Old Library Building Arts Centre
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A concert that combines some of the most loved and celebrated works in the repertoire with lesser-known compositions.