Sunday matinees return
One year after changing venue to the Globe Theatre, convenor Guy Donaldson has pronounced the new Sunday Matinee Concert Series a success.
‘‘Its colourful mixture, with some of the best concert musicians from the Manawatu and beyond, has proved to be very popular and audiences have continued to grow,’’ Donaldson said.
While the theatre offered a better concert venue, Donaldson said there were increased costs.
Rather than change the culture, he requested that audience donations be a minimum of five dollars to cover costs, and provide some reimbursement to the performers.
The first concert of the 2017 series this Sunday is by Palmerston North based family group, the Neild Trio.
‘‘Diana Neild plays in Trio Bella, in functions band Moxy, and with harpist Anne-Gaelle Ausseil. She is a member of Musica Viva and is a keen advocate of live music.’’
Daughter Sylvia Neild was studying viola at Waikato University. A member of the New Zealand Youth Orchestra, last year Sylvia was part of the winning group at the Waikato University Chamber Music competitions.
Pianist David Neild undertook performance piano at the New Zealand School of Music, then studied law, and is a solicitor in Blenheim.
The programme will explore chamber music by Bach, Maurice Durufle and John Rutter; with film music by Jacques Ibert and Nino Rota ( The Godfather/ Zefferelli’s Romeo and Juliet).
New Zealander Douglas Lilburn is also represented with part of his 1952 piece Salutes to Seven Poets commissioned by New Zealand poet Allen Curnow.
Admission to the 2.30pm concert is by $5 donation.
Sylvia, David and Diana Neild. The violinist, pianist and flautist make up the Neild Trio.