Have pi­ano, will travel

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Re-cre­at­ing the in­ti­mate at­mos­phere of a sa­lon con­cert at nine­teen venues around New Zealand means that Welling­ton-based mu­si­cians Douglas Mews and Robert Ibell have to lug a whole van­load of gear around the coun­try – in­clud­ing the pi­ano.

The duo are per­form­ing their pro­gramme of vir­tu­osic works from the early Nine­teenth Cen­tury by can­dle­light at Liv­ing Springs Chris­tian Cen­tre, Pu­taruru at 4pm on Sun­day July 10.

The venue, on State High­way 1, is Pu­taruru’s only re­main­ing wooden church building, orig­i­nally a Methodist Church from 100 years ago.

The con­cert is part of a na­tion­wide tour tak­ing place be­tween June and Septem­ber in houses, churches, halls, ho­tels, a win­ery, and even cre­ma­to­ri­ums.

Douglas and Robert will play works by Beethoven, Mozart, Romberg and Breval on in­stru­ments that date from around the pe­riod when the pieces were writ­ten.

‘‘We’re look­ing to cre­ate a spe­cial at­mos­phere,’’ Douglas said.

‘‘The can­dles are part of that, but we’ll also be chat­ting with the au­di­ence as if we were play­ing in their sit­ting room at home.

‘‘The old in­stru­ments and play­ing style are key as­pects of it too.

‘‘Peo­ple will be able to hear the mu­sic much as it would have been heard by au­di­ences when it was writ­ten two hun­dred years ago.’’

Douglas said the pi­ano they’d be us­ing was very spe­cial and was made in Eng­land in the first half of the Nine­teenth Cen­tury.

‘‘Not only does it look un­usual, but it has a won­der­ful his­tory, hav­ing spent well over a cen­tury in the Aro Val­ley where I live.

‘‘The two of us on our own can just man­age to get the pi­ano out the win­dow of my house and into the van.’’

Robert’s cello also has an in­ter­est­ing back­ground and was made in the 18th Cen­tury.

It came to New Zealand in 1940 with Greta Os­tova, a Czech es­cap­ing the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion.

Greta be­came a found­ing mem­ber of the Na­tional Orches­tra (which be­came the NZSO), later pass­ing the cello on to her stu­dent Ju­dith Hy­att who then handed it on to Robert.

‘‘I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to us­ing on the Ham­mers and Horsehair tour.’’

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Welling­ton-based mu­si­cians Douglas Mews and Robert Ibell wil play Pu­tarur on July 10.

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