A Baroque Treat!

26 August 2020

On Thursday 3 September, Waikato University-based duo Lara Hall, violin and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes harpsichord, will present a programme of Georgian violin music full of elegance, drama and spontaneous flair.

At the heart of the programme are a set of 18th-century English sonatas by Joseph Gibbs. The sonatas include a great variety of styles, taking the listener on a journey with many entirely unexpected twists and turns.

Gibbs’ sonatas are accompanied by pieces by Playford and Handel which encompass a wide spectrum of English music and social strata. The works by Playford have a connection to the British Isles fiddle tradition and English country dance music; while the Gibbs sonatas are from the town of Ipswich, Suffolk, where Gibbs associated with the painter Gainsborough. The music of Handel brings in the fashionable world of London musical circles.

Lara Hall is Lecturer in Violin and Viola at the University of Waikato, Concertmaster of Opus Orchestra, and a member of the New Zealand Chamber Soloists. She has given masterclasses at the Australian National Academy of Music, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and the National University of Singapore.

Rachael Griffiths-Hughes is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Music at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, where she teaches Music History, Harpsichord, Organ and Musicianship. Rachael has a DMA in harpsichord performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and MMus (Hons) from the University of Auckland.

Thursday 3 September, 7.30 pm, Lake Wanaka Centre. Cash sales are available at Gifted Design, Helwick Street and online at Cash door sales are available from 6.30pm. Adults $35, students at school are free.

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Covid 19 requirements will be adhered to with appropriately spaced seating. Admission limited to 100 during Level 2.