2017 Adam Chamber Music Festival Just Around the Corner

22 November 2016 / News

The biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival is not far off now, bringing with it a feast of chamber music spread over ten glorious days in the delightful surrounds of sunny Nelson. The New Zealand String Quartet plays a major part in this festival both as performers and through the artistic co-directorship of our first violinist Helene Pohl and violist Gillian Ansell. Helene and Gillian comment:

We love this festival! It's a special time of relaxed summer musical pleasure in this beautiful setting in Nelson, a chance to make new friends and renew old ones, and to be lifted out of everyday cares and transported by the inspiration of great composers and performers.

We’re looking forward enormously to playing alongside a wonderful line up of international guests including English cellist Matthew Barley, Hungarian pianist Dénes Varjon, American marimba player Ian Rosenbaum, Australian tenor Andrew Goodwin with Hungarian pianist Izabella Simon, Australia’s Goldner Quartet, and Canadian clarinettist James Campbell. If you heard James when he toured with us for CMNZ in 2014, you’ll understand how excited we are to have him out in New Zealand again.

Amongst our amazing New Zealand colleagues are the NZ Trio, sopranos Joanne Roughton-Arnold and Jenny Wollerman, Douglas Mews on harpsichord, marimba player Naoto Segawa, NZSO's Joan Perarnau Garriga on double bass, the Festival’s founding cellist Jim Tennant, and the highly talented young string quartet the Troubadours.

Part of the fun for us is playing not only as the NZSQ but also in other combinations with a variety of colleagues. Helene will join Dene Olding of the Goldner Quartet and Dénes Varjon in the world premiere of Tabea Squire’s Trio for 2 violins and piano, and she and Dénes will also present Clara Schumann’s Three Romances Op.22. Rolf performs Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in C major Op. 102 and will be one of six cellists performing in the Cellissimo concert featuring the music of Bach, Dvorak, Bartok and Rachmaninov. Gillian presents Schumann’s Märchenbilder (Fairy Tales) for viola and piano with Dénes Varjon, and Monique will make her NZ concerto debut when she performs Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor as part of the Bach by Candlelight concert.

World premieres at the festival will include Gareth Farr’s String Octet, Helen Fisher’s Luminous Nights, Natalie Hunt’s Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola and cello and Cavernous Ruins for marimba and string quartet by US-based NZ composer and drummer Edward Ware. Several contemporary works will receive their NZ premiere at the 2017 Adam Chamber Music Festival, including Dame Gillian Whitehead’s new one-woman opera Iris Dreaming and works by Andy Akiho, Alexina Louie and Osvaldo Golijov.

Concerts and events will mostly be in Nelson Cathedral, the Theatre Royal and the Suter Gallery. And to bring all this wonderful music and great performers closer to the audience, there will once again be a series of talks, master classes and ‘meet the artist’ sessions, which have become a popular part of the Festival over the years.

Helene says: 

Nelson has all the attributes of a dream holiday destination. Our venues feature perfect acoustics and ambience, we have a great team behind us and we can't wait to share our fabulous guest artists with the audience. Our Northern Hemisphere guests always love trading winter for summer, and our ever-growing Australian audiences are delighted to escape the heat! We savour every moment of great music making along with our friends - both colleagues and audience.

Why not come and immerse yourself in a few days or even a whole week of glorious chamber music? We’d love to see you there! You can find more detailed information about the artists, programme and how to book at www.music.org.nz.



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