21 Aug 2020

Chamber duo presents 18th century works with unexpected twists and turns

From Upbeat, 3:06 pm on 21 August 2020

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Lara Hall and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes

Lara Hall and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes Photo: © Ken Buist

Lara Hall and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes are touring regional centres around the country for Chamber Music New Zealand with a programme of 18th century English music.

Joseph Gibbs sonatas

Joseph Gibbs sonatas Photo: CD cover art

As well as performing as a solo violinist, Lara is a lecturer in violin and viola at the University of Waikato and Concertmaster of Opus Orchestra. Rachael is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Music at the University of Waikato, where she also teaches Music History, Harpsichord and Organ, and Musicianship.

Their programme includes works by Handel, Playford and also the relatively unknown composer Joseph Gibbs, whose violin sonatas have been recorded by the pair for the Atoll label.

The duo talked with David Morriss about Gibbs' music - technically challenging and musically radical for its time - and the logistics of sourcing and transporting several different harpsichords throughout the tour.

Fri 28 August - Lower Hutt
Mon 31 August - Motueka
Thu 3 September - Wanaka
Fri 4 September - Cromwell
Sun 6 September - Gore

Details on the Chamber Music New Zealand website