New home for Christopher’s Classics in Christchurch

09 September 2016 / News

“Quartet delivers in brilliant new venue” was the headline for the review of our Christopher’s Classics concert in Christchurch, performed last month in the brand new performance venue The Piano. Reviewer Christopher Moore went on to say: “The Piano exudes style and technical expertise, yet it’s still a warmly welcoming space for both audience and musicians.” And of our performance, he said:

The NZSQ served up [a] piquant performance filled with fire, passion and an appropriate amount of flourish.

Sandwiched in between concerts on our Heartland Classics tour, the Christchurch concert was comprised of completely different repertoire (quite a challenge for our limited practice time between travelling and performing!). But a couple of rehearsals with the indefatigable Stephen De Pledge and we were good to go for both Ross Harris’s Piano Quintet and Dohnanyi’s Piano Quintet no 2 (now that’s a work that should be heard more often!), as well as Beethoven’s String Quartet in D, Opus 18, no 3.

Our concert in The Piano was the first classical concert in the venue and an opportunity to test the new acoustic. Helene says:

"We had the great honour of being the first acoustic group to try out this new space and set its walls a-ringing. And ring they did! The hall is perfect for strings, and once the last concrete walls are covered with some beautiful wood, it will be as nice a venue as we have ever played in. It seemed that the audience loved it too, so I predict it will be a great force for the artistic renewal and coming back to life of post-quake Christchurch."

The Christopher’s Classics series in Christchurch has hosted the New Zealand String Quartet for the last 20 years and the artistic director Christopher Marshall is delighted to have now moved the series to The Piano. Christopher says:

“With so few venues available since the earthquakes, we’ve been very grateful for the assistance of the wonderful people at St Michael and All Angels and the use of their fine church. We’re now very happy to have found a high-class venue that will take our series into the future years. The project to build The Piano has been organised by a city-based group and has come to fruition through careful management by Bronwyn Bijl and Trish Rainey. We’re most pleased with the result and look forward to having the New Zealand String Quartet as the cornerstone performers in our series for many years to come.” 

Read the review of our Christopher’s Classics concert here.


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