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22 June 2017 / News
Tickets went on sale last month for our Dangerous Liaisons tour and we’re thrilled to see the level of interest in the tour, with one concert 60% sold already! After the blood, sweat and tears that goes into preparing for our annual concert tour, there’s nothing better than playing to full halls and appreciative audiences.
We’re excited that this 30th anniversary tour will see us performing in some venues that are new for us and that we’ll be returning to some of our favourite ‘haunts’ as well. We’re enormously grateful to The Lion Foundation for their very generous grant towards the hire of venues – their support this year, as in previous years, enables us to share our music with you in a variety of very special settings.
Our tour begins with a performance in what has to be one of the most stunning concert locations in New Zealand – the beautiful Lodge at The Hills in Queenstown. This is the private home of Michael and Christine Hill and we’re very grateful for their generosity in opening it up to us and to you, our audience! The evening will be an elegant affair, complete with drinks and canapés, and will be the perfect way to launch the tour.
Another very special setting will be the Auckland Art Gallery’s Mackelvie Gallery. With its graceful columns, arched ceilings and art-lined walls, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the marriage of music and art in this beautiful building. Art and music go hand in hand, too, in our Nelson concert at the recently refurbished Suter Gallery. We’re delighted that our performance will be held in the Ann and John Hercus gallery, acknowledging Dame Ann and John’s tremendous contribution to the gallery’s refurbishment project and the valued support they have given the New Zealand String Quartet.
We’ve found that fine wine and fine music make a great combination too, and it will be wonderful to perform once again at the vineyard of our generous wine sponsors, Cloudy Bay. Seating is limited in the Treehouse at Cloudy Bay, so you’ll need to be in quick to secure a seat for this one! And we’re pleased to be returning to Church Road Winery in Hawkes Bay this year, for a concert amongst the wine barrels in the Tom McDonald Cellar.
In Dunedin, our concert will be one of the first in the recently re-purposed Hanover Hall, home to the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. This historic building was once the Hanover Street Baptist Church, and even had a stint as a student pub called the Monkey Bar, but has now been carefully restored by owners Lloyd Williams and Cally McWha and leased to the DSO for office and rehearsal space. And speaking of recently refurbished churches, we’re thrilled to be able to perform again in St Mary of the Angels, one of Wellington’s most beautiful heritage buildings with an outstanding acoustic for concerts.
Other venues on this tour that are new to us are the Turley Auditorium at Craighead School in Timaru and the Carterton Events Centre in Wairarapa. Timaru’s Turley Auditorium has hosted many a Chamber Music New Zealand concert and although Gillian performed there with the Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble, this will be our first appearance there as the NZSQ. The Carterton Events Centre is an architecturally stunning modern building in the heart of the Wairarapa that we look forward to playing in. Our concert will coincide with the Big Wai Art Sale at the Events Centre, so there’ll be a chance to check out the artwork in the interval and maybe purchase a painting to take home!
It’s always great to re-visit ‘old friends’ too (as we regard many of the venues!) and we look forward to returning to the Turner Centre in Kerikeri, Holy Trinity Church in Devonport, the Hunter Council Chamber at Victoria University, Expressions in Upper Hutt (as part of the Classical Expressions series) and a fairly new acquaintance but treasured friend, The Piano in Christchurch (as part of Christopher’s Classics).
28 February 2018 / NewsAmerican pianist Diane Walsh will be in New Zealand in March 2018 and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to perform with her in concerts for Auckland University and Chamber Music Wanganui. Diane is a former prizewinner in the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and Salzburg Mozart competitions and highlights of... Read More
28 February 2018 / NewsWe're delighted to be working with Rob Thorne for our NZ Festival performance of Te Ao Hou | This New World. Rob is a leading exponent of traditional Maori instruments (known as taonga pūoro or 'singing treasures') and is currently Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music. Read More
28 February 2018 / NewsWe’re super-excited to introduce the newest member of the NZSQ – an Amati viola, made in Cremona in 1619 by Nicolò Amati (1596-1684) and on indefinite loan to the New Zealand String Quartet. Our NZSQ violist Gillian Ansell has fallen in love with the instrument and says: Read More