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Concert Society’s last show of the year

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 27 Aug, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

On Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 pm, 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 Lake Wānaka centre.

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

Gibbs' sonatas will be 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.

Chalium Poppy, a guest at the duo's concert in Tauranga on Monday night, said “Go! Hear it! This concert embodies everything that is to love about baroque music.”

View edition 989 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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