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Formed in 1998, The Doric String Quartet has quickly become an essential part of the international chamber music scene. This young quartet performs at many of the major international festivals and this tour marks a welcome return to Palmerston North.
We heard the Doric String Quartet back in 2010, and now, with a new viola player, they initially seemed to play much the same. Back then, as now, they opened with a Haydn quartet - and, as then, they offered playing that was neat and technically accomplished but rather lacking in the wit and theatre that abounds in Haydn.
Four years since a previous visit, this return concert by the Doric String Quartet—violinists Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violist Helene Clement and cellist John Myerscough—was keenly anticipated, given the quality of the playing heard previously.
Britain's Doric String Quartet, in town for Chamber Music New Zealand, first visited us in 2010 when they gave us superlative Haydn and Britten, as well as joining pianist Piers Lane for Schumann's Piano Quintet.
A near full house gave the Doric String Quartet rousing applause with stamping and shouting for an exceptionally nuanced performance of Haydn's exuberant Opus 76, No 6 and Franz Schubert's long and equally emotionally sweet Quartet in G.
This beautiful alliance of three differently talented musicians happened in Dunedin-Tessa Petersen on violin, John Van Buskirk on piano, and soprano Rebecca Ryan. Ryan pregnant with child, but also pregnant with glorious musical feeling.
Meet John Myerscough, the cellist from Britain's Doric String Quartet who are touring with us around New Zealand this July. We asked John to play our game of 'complete the sentence' to find out more about him and the upcoming tour...
Nikki Chooi, winner of the 2013 Michael Hill Violin Competition, supported by world-renowned pianist Stephen de Pledge, performed an excellent programme with exceptional commitment to technical and interpretative prowess before a large audience at the Glenroy Auditorium on Saturday evening.
During June 507 secondary school ensembles of between three and eight musicians including 19 octets and involving close to 2000 students, took part in the District Rounds of the 49th NZCT Chamber Music Contest. We are pleased to announce the groups that have been selected to progress to the Semi-Finals of the National Finals.
Over 13 years, the Michael Hill International Violin Competition has proved a formidable energy force for New Zealand music. Not only has it helped to put us on the global map, but it has brought a host of superlative musicians to our concert halls.
Immaculate rapport between Canadian clarinettist James Campbell and the New Zealand String Quartet, playing sublime quintets by Weber and Mozart, made this second concert in Chamber Music New Zealand’s ‘‘Kaleidoscopes’’ series a joyous occasion.
Clarinettist James Campbell, from Canada, joined the New Zealand String Quartet for this concert, which featured two of the most popular works in the chamber music repertoire, Mozart’s Quintet in A for clarinet and strings and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor.
We're looking for volunteers to help at the Auckland District Rounds of our nationwide NZCT Chamber Music Contest.The event takes place across four days (Thur 5 – Sun 8 June 2014). "Seeing how everything runs from the other side and making sure everything is set up just right for the performers to do their best is incredibly rewarding." - Todd Gibson-Cornish, 2013 Contest Volunteer. Please help us by volunteering before 14 May 2014 - give back to your music community and gain valuable skills involved in running a concert!
James is touring the country in May with the New Zealand String Quartet. They'll perform absolute greats from the chamber music repertoire - sublime clarinet quintets by Brahms and Mozart. Campbell is no stranger to the repertoire; he’s given more than 300 performances of the Mozart Quintet with over 35 different string quartets. His recording of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet with the Allegri Quartet was voted the “Top Choice” by BBC Radio 3 and The London Times. We played a game of 'complete the phrase' to get to know James a little better...
Michael Houstoun (a man for whom little introduction is required in New Zealand's classical music circles) last year won Best Classical Album at the NZ Music Awards for his recording of composer Douglas Lilburn's works.
But what inspired these recordings? Michael writes in the album booklet:
Chamber Music New Zealand’s concert series this year is billed ‘‘Back to Basics’’, with an emphasis on string quartets, and the standard was firmly planted with Friday night’s performance by the Kelemen Quartet.