21 September 2012
Four leading chamber groups are donating their services to support a fundraising concert for St Andrew’s on The Terrace in Wellington on 11 October.
The concert, ‘From Haydn to Hill – A Celebration’, will feature the New Zealand String Quartet, the Poneke Trio, the Aroha Quartet and the Dominion Quartet. All proceeds will go towards the final stage of restoring St Andrew’s on The Terrace.
St Andrew’s minister, the Rev Dr Margaret Mayman, says the concert marks a significant milestone in returning St Andrew’s on The Terrace to its former glory and fulfilling its potential as a leading music venue.
“In 2002 we started a huge three-stage programme of restoration, renovation and rebuilding. So far we have restored and strengthened the historic church, refurbished the hall and turned the upstairs rooms into a fully functioning conference centre,” she said.
“We are now ready to embark on the third and final stage, which is replacing the dilapidated buildings at the back of the church with a new Welcome Centre.
“We really appreciate the generosity of the four chamber groups who are donating their services on 11 October to raise money for this final building phase.”
The new Welcome Centre, expected to cost around $1.3 million, will create a new reception area, green room for artists, new toilets and a lift to the upper conference rooms.
Violinist Helene Pohl, from the New Zealand String Quartet, says St Andrew’s has a wonderful sound and beautiful ambience. “It’s a pleasure to play in and a real resource as a musical refuge from the bustle of downtown life.”
Dr Mayman is looking forward to being able to provide full disability access and a warm, professional welcome for all the people who use St Andrew’s on The Terrace.
“St Andrew’s is not just a valued heritage building. It is a hub in the centre of Wellington for music and arts, intellectual debate and dialogue, and a host of civic events and activities. It’s exciting to be taking this last step in creating a welcoming, vibrant place for all of Wellington to enjoy.”
The programme for the fundraising concert includes two contrasting Haydn string quartets, Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio and Alfred Hill’s String Quartet No 11 in D minor. Full concert details can be found on the St Andrew’s website. Donations to the St Andrew’s Welcome Centre building fund can be made here.
This initiative has not been organised by Chamber Music New Zealand, for further information contact:
Rev Dr Margaret Mayman St Andrew’s on The Terrace Phone: 04-472-9376 | 027-226-4608 email@example.com | www.standrews.org.nz
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