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.