Fa­ther and son team up for clas­sic combo


In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed mu­si­cian Chris Hainsworth is re­turn­ing to Kaiko¯ura for a con­cert at St Paul’s Church as part of his Rata-Tui Duo tour.

The tal­ented or­gan­ist will be joined by his son, Julien who plays baroque cello. Marie David­son, of St Paul’s Church Friends of the Ge­orge Stam­ford Or­gan, said Chris was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor and usu­ally brought an­other mu­si­cian with him.

‘‘He loves to play our or­gan, and it will be a var­ied pro­gramme,’’ she said. Com­mit­tee mem­ber Mary-Clare Hamp­ton said it was a rare op­por­tu­nity to hear the or­gan and baroque cello played to­gether.

‘‘The 100-year-old church or­gan had been re­stored for the mil­le­nium, but was se­verely dam­aged dur­ing the 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake and has only re­cently been re­paired,’’ Hamp­ton said.

Chris Hainsworth is known for en­ter­tain­ing the au­di­ence in a lively and flam­boy­ant man­ner with witty and in­for­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tions and thought-pro­vok­ing per­for­mances.

He said he al­ways at­tempts to en­sure his pro­grammes sat­isfy the so­phis­ti­cated, while still ap­peal­ing to those whose knowl­edge of clas­si­cal mu­sic is lim­ited. As a choir­boy at St Mark’s Church, in Welling­ton, he dreamed of play­ing the or­gan, and as soon as his feet could touch the ped­als he aban­doned the piano to study it.

Hainsworth learnt to play from Ernest Jamieson and Maxwell Fernie and stud­ied lan­guages and mu­sic at Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity be­fore com­plet­ing his doc­tor­ate in Toulouse, France.

He taught for 15 years at Wai- kato Uni­ver­sity and an­other 15 years at the Beziers Con­ser­va­toire in the south of France be­fore de­vot­ing him­self en­tirely to or­gan, fortepi­ano and harp­si­chord per­for­mances.

He is cur­rently or­gan­ist ‘‘tit­u­laire’’ of the Cathe­dral of Beziers and re­cently per­formed Bach’s 5th Bran­de­burg Con­certo with the Mont­pel­lier Na­tional Orches­tra and a Han­del Or­gan Con­certo with the Liege Phil­har­monic Cham­ber Orches­tra.

Julien Hainsworth grew up in the south of France, study­ing mod­ern cello at the Beziers Con­ser­va­toire to diploma level be­fore spe­cial­is­ing in baroque cello in Toulouse, where he com­pleted a de­gree in mu­si­col­ogy, and later a bach­e­lors de­gree at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of the Hague, later mov­ing to Brus­sels to study for a masters de­gree.

He now lives with his New Zealand part­ner in a vil­lage in Bur­gundy with their three young chil­dren, while per­form­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally with top French baroque en­sem­bles.

The Rata-Tui Duo tour will be held at St Paul’s Church, Kaiko¯ura at 4pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22. Tick­ets are $25 with door sales avail­able.

Or­gan­ist Chris Hainsworth and his son Julien will be hold­ing a con­cert at St Paul’s Church on Oc­to­ber 22.

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