New Zealand String Quartet Appoints New Manager

31 October 2014 / Media Releases

The New Zealand String Quartet – this country’s foremost performing arts group - has appointed a new manager. Christine Argyle will start at the end of October 2014 and replaces Rose Campbell who has retired for family reasons having been manager of the Quartet for three years.

Chair of the NZSQ Trust Board Professor Gary Hawke said Christine would continue to build on the String Quartet’s reputation and profile in New Zealand and internationally.

“Rose Campbell has been an outstanding manager for the New Zealand String Quartet.  She has extended the ensemble’s international and local activities and support and has successfully grown a wider audience.  Over the past three years, Rose has further developed our strong online audience and social media presence and introduced innovative concerts, like the recent and highly successful salon series and integrating other art forms into the String Quartet’s work.”

“Christine’s appointment comes after a local and international search and demonstrates the high level of professionalism of the New Zealand String Quartet.  This is an exciting time for the String Quartet and we are looking forward to Christine’s experience and skills to support further successes,” Professor Hawke said.

Christine Argyle is well known through New Zealand music for her work as a Radio New Zealand announcer, as chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation and for her direction of Nota Bene and the Wellington Young Voices children’s choir.

“Creative New Zealand has also recently renewed the appointment of the NZSQ’s multi-year arts leadership role, a position shared in the chamber music world only with Chamber Music New Zealand.”

The New Zealand String Quartet performed to more than 12,000 people over the past year in New Zealand and overseas, including school concerts, workshops, international festivals and tours, including the premier of Requiem for the Fallen by the partnership of Ross Harris and Vincent O’Sullivan.

“The Board is confident that Christine will build on these successes and continue in our ambition of promoting New Zealand music and music-making and in developing younger New Zealand musicians,” Professor Hawke said.

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