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This critically acclaimed piano and cello duo features New Zealand-born pianist Kathryn Mosley, and British cellist Joseph Spooner.
Kathryn and Joseph met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London; they have both performed internationally, and appeared together in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and Russia. The duo has a broad repertoire, with a particular interest in the English and New Zealand repertoire of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Kathryn Mosley works as a soloist, appearing with orchestras in both countries, and is in demand as a recitalist and duo partner, performing at venues in the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, Poland, Russia and the USA. She received a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, after completing undergraduate study at the University of Auckland. Kathryn also works as an examiner for ABRSM and is currently completing a doctorate on the cadenzas to Beethoven’s piano concertos.
Joseph Spooner has pursued a diverse career as a soloist and chamber musician since his postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, and this work has taken him across the United Kingdom, from the Baltic to the Atlantic, and from the recording studio to France, Continental Europe, New York, Mexico and Russia. As a soloist, there have been performances of familiar and less-familiar concertos, recital series, and broadcasts on British and New Zealand radio. As a chamber musician, there have been premieres, contemporary-music concerts, and performances at major festivals. Joseph’s delving into cello repertoire from England, Russia and New Zealand has led to the rediscovery of unjustly neglected works. Joseph is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
This concert explores music linked to the celebrated New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield.
Katherine Mansfield’s cello teacher while in London was Arnold Trowell, the New Zealand virtuoso cellist who was based in London as an adult. He was the object of Mansfield's affections for a long period of time.
This concert includes a work by Trowell dedicated to Mansfield, as well as one by him we know she admired greatly, and his effusive second sonata. There is also a work by Hugo Anson (New Zealander, and teacher of Douglas Lilburn), and Nigel Keay (a New Zealand composer, born in 1955). The programme also features classics of the cello and piano repertoire that Mansfield loved and which informed her writing: sonatas by Chopin and Debussy.
Arnold Trowell | Rêverie du Soir (Op. 12 No. 1)
Hugo Anson | ‘Rawhiti: A Song of the Sun’ and ‘Nga Patu-Paiarehe’
Frederic Chopin | Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65
Arnold Trowell | Sérénade (op. 20 no. 3)
Nigel Keay | Prelude *
Arnold Trowell | Sonata No. 2, Op. 30
*In Motueka the duo will perform Southern Invention by John Rimmer instead.