Extend musical boundaries
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.