Special people & places on UK tour

16 December 2014 / News

It is the people we work with and meet along the way and the concert venues we discover that make touring special. Our recent visit to Sheffield, Leicester, Manchester and Oldham in the UK was no exception.

Performing the Brahms String Quintet no 2 in G in Sheffield and Manchester with Peter Cropper, the acclaimed Lindsay Quartet’s founder and leader for 40 years, was one of the many highlights of this tour.

Playing in the beautiful New Walk Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Leicester International Music Festival was another. Violist Gillian Ansell describes her experience of walking into the venue:

 “Painted a beautiful coral-red, the walls are covered with interesting paintings, the acoustics are very good and we had a full crowd of excellent listeners.  From the moment of entering the building, smelling the coffee from the attractive cafe and meeting the very agreeable and fun presenter Peter Baker, I knew we were going to enjoy ourselves. The whole ambience made playing a real pleasure.”

Catching up with former New Zealand School of Music colleagues in both Leicester (John Young - Professor of Composition and Director of the Graduate School at De Montfort University) and Manchester (Susan Roper - Deputy Head of Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music) were also special moments.

We were proud to perform works by New Zealand composers Ross Harris, Jack Body and John Psathas as part of our programmes on this tour. Says first violinist Helene Pohl: “It was particularly gratifying to experience the enthusiasm the audiences showed for the New Zealand repertoire we played.”

Leicester International Music Festival Chair Peter Baker sent us some feedback this week about our concert: “NZSQ were marvellous. It was a great privilege to have such outstanding musicians and such very nice people to play for us.”

Image: Guided by Peter Cropper to the perfect spot to view Sheffield’s nearby National Park.

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