Early music makers
Three acts crowd into a five-day mini music festival that begins this weekend. St Andrews in the City is hosting organist Richard Apperley from Wellington; the touring five-piece early music ensemble Affetto; and Palmerston North vocal group the Cantabile Trio in a concert series that stretches from this Saturday to Wednesday.
An international organist who is assistant director of music at the Cathedral of St Paul in Wel- lington, Richard is in demand as an accompanist and recitalist. With Michael Stewart, St Paul’s director of music at St Paul’s, he is engaged on a massive project to perform the complete 327 organ works of Bach during 2015.
Richard’s organ concert this Saturday at 6pm will include works by Bach, along with pieces by Franck, Dubois and New Zealander Craig Utting, a recipient of the Queen’s Service Medal in the recent honours. Local actor Mark Kilsby will appear as the narrator in Kuhnau’s biblical sonata, David and Goliath.
The early music group Affetto bring Femme Fatale to the venue next Tuesday, July 14.
Formed in 2010, Affetto is renowned for its innovative and uplifting programming, beauty of sound, and for bringing forgotten music to life in new ways.
Performing on beautiful old instruments such as the cornetto,
‘‘Formed in 2010, Affetto is renowned for its innovative and uplifting programming, beauty of sound, and for bringing forgotten music to life in new ways.
baroque trumpet, viola da gamba, baroque cello , theorbo and harpsichord, Rachael GriffithsHughes, Peter Reid, Polly Sussex and Philip Griffin with soprano Jayne Tankersley have twice won the Best Musical Production award at the Auckland Fringe.
Femme Fatale presents a musical glimpse of two contrasting and influential women – Lady Macbeth, the fictional wife of Shakespeare’s 11th century Scottish king, and Barbara Strozzi – real life courtesan, composer, singer and viol player of early 17th century Venice.
The Creative NZ created piece Lady Macbeth was recently composed especially for Affetto by Janet Jennings and will be played alongside the passionate and virtuosic music of Strozzi, and works by her contemporaries Merula, Luzzaschi and others.
The concert commences Tuesday at 7.30pm. Both evenings are door sales only – adults $20, concession $15, 18 years and under, free.
On Wednesday, July 15, the monthly lunch hour concert series continues at 12.15pm with a varied programme presented by local group the Cantabile Trio, Derryl Fuller (alto), Kirstin Crowe (mezzo) and Nina Donkin (soprano). Admission is free but koha would be appreciated.
Early music group Affetto, with Polly Sussex on baroque cello, Rachael GriffithsHughes on harpsichord, soprano Jayne Tankersley, Philip Griffin on theorbo and Peter Reid, cornetto, play St Andrews in the City next week.