Early mu­sic mak­ers

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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.

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