The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME ALONG -

Welling­ton based vi­o­lin/pi­ano duo Simeon Broom and Rachel Church give a clas­si­cal gold coin con­cert at Te Manawa on Sun­day.

Sun­day’s Te Manawa con­cert fea­tures two ex­pe­ri­enced Welling­ton-based mu­si­cians with an im­pres­sive per­for­mance history.

Simeon Broom and Rachel Church have per­formed as a vi­o­lin/pi­ano duo and as part of larger cham­ber mu­sic en­sem­bles to­gether for over a decade.

Since leav­ing New Zealand in 2003 to study in Cologne and Dus­sel­dorf, they have per­formed widely in Ger­many and the UK, in­clud­ing per­for­mances as part of Ye­hudi Menuhin’s Live Mu­sic Now, and in venues such as St Martins-inthe-Fields, as well as re­turn­ing fre­quently to per­form back home.

Awarded places on the Cham­ber Mu­sic Pro­gramme at the Lon­don Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama in 2006, they spent six years per­form­ing widely while based in Lon­don.

In 2012 they toured for Cham­ber Mu­sic New Zealand as part of the Akoka Quar­tet.

The ma­jor work in the Sun­day 18 pro­gramme is Beethoven’s vi­o­lin sonata No. 7 in C mi­nor.

Rachel will open the con­cert with Haydn’s pi­ano sonata num­ber 31 and will be joined by Simeon for Bela Bar­tok’s Ro­ma­nian Dances.

The mu­sic be­gins at 2.30pm in the up­per gallery and pa­trons are ad­vised to come early to se­cure a seat. Ad­mis­sion is by do­na­tion.


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