Ex­tend mu­si­cal bound­aries

Coastal News - - Front Page - By JOHN NOR­RIS Mu­si­cian

Hav­ing en­joyed pop­u­lar mu­sic as well as the bet­ter known classical pieces, I thought my mu­si­cal bound­aries had al­ready been reached.

That is, un­til I lis­tened to part of the pro­gramme in store for us when as part of their New Zealand tour, Ham­mers & Horse­hair per­form in Whanga­mata. When moved by mu­sic, my first re­ac­tion is to iden­tify the in­di­vid­ual mu­si­cians.

Pian­ist Dou­glas Mews stud­ied at the Royal Con­ser­va­tory in The Hague and when not tour­ing, teaches at the New Zealand School of mu­sic in Welling­ton.

Rowena Simp­son, so­prano, stud­ied singing with Ger­man so­prano Rose­mary Gor­don and part of her con­sid­er­able reper­toire in­cludes work­ing with the New Zealand Opera Cho­rus as well as per­form­ing in Eu­rope and Australia.

Robert Ibell, cello, is a mem­ber of the New Zealand Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and has worked with Chamber Mu­sic New Zealand since com­plet­ing his stud­ies in master classes dur­ing six years in London.

Al­ready, my senses have been over­whelmed by Beethoven’s all too short Sonata for Pi­ano and Cello which, in the hands of Dou­glas and Robert, should prove to be just one of many rich de­lights to be per­formed by Ham­mers & Horse­hair.

Whether al­ready a lover of classical mu­sic or an ex­plorer ready to be taken beyond mu­si­cal bound­aries, it would be great to see you at the Me­mo­rial Hall, Whanga­mata on Tues­day May 1 at 7:30pm. Tick­ets $15 avail­able at Whanga Books.

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