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Kia ora What fun it is to devise a season that has such variety and richness. We’ve been working to expand and even explode the concept of chamber music. Our guiding principle can be summed up by Duke Ellington’s observation that there are just two kinds of music: good music and the other sort. Our 2019 season extends from the personal journey of discovery undertaken by Francesco Turrisi - the jazz pianist who first came to New Zealand with L’Arpeggiata in 2017 - to the global pursuits of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, an ensemble with a growing international reputation. Our commitment to presenting the best in early music continues with Red Priest – a group that walks on the wild side and for whom Baroque music is about extravagance rather than elegance. We set out to find the best brass chamber ensemble. That led us to Septura from the United Kingdom. And we’re delighted to include a Lieder tour with New Zealander Julien Van Mellaerts and the South African pianist James Baillieu. In the midst of this genre- and style- stretching array, there are three traditional chamber ensembles of superlative quality. Our friends, the Brodsky Quartet will be back. The celebrated American viola player Jennifer Stumm will temporarily turn the Te Kōkī Trio into a piano quartet – something that will be stimulating both for the performers and audiences. Mega-star Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova will join English cellist Matthew Barley and our own Stephen De Pledge. These three musicians have been friends for a long time, what a treat to hear them playing in concert together. Last but not least, Quatuor Ebène – recognised as being in the top echelon of string quartets – will give concerts in Auckland and Wellington. No two tours are alike. Taken together they add up to a deeply satisfying experience. Read on… and share our music.

Peter Walls onzm Chief Executive Music Up Close | Puoro Taupiri Chamber Music New Zealand

Bringing great music to you. Chamber Music New Zealand invites you to experience the intimate, up close beauty of chamber music for 2019. Read on and discover our vibrant, distinctive and diverse programme of music. This is your chance to hear some of the finest artists the world has to offer. Experience Music Up Close.

Mau mai ana i te tino puoro ki a koe. Kawea ake rā i te rongo ahurei o te tino puoro o te puoro taiwhanga ka rūmakina ā-ngākau, ā-wairua, kua hangaia ai kia tuarihia. Mā roto i tā mātou taiopenga tuatahi kotahi tau te roa o te puoro mataora, kua whakatakoto hōtaka nō nāianei tonu, he whakahihiko ngākau, he ahurei, e whātoro atu ki tētahi kohinga ahurei o ngā tohunga puoro, otirā o te puoro kāinga mai, tāwāhi mai. Kia Rongohia Te Puoro Taupiri.

2019 Calendar Red Priest

Auckland Town Hall

Julien Van Mellaerts & James Baillieu

Tue 19 Mar 7.30pm

Concert Chamber

Brodsky Quartet

Wed 1 May 7.30pm

Mon 13 May 7.30pm

Great Hall

Hamilton Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

Mon 18 Mar 7.30pm

Wed 10 Apr 7.30pm

New Plymouth Theatre Royal

Thu 21 Mar 7.30pm

Fri 12 Apr 7.30pm

Napier MTG Century Theatre

Sat 16 Mar 7.30pm

Tue 16 Apr 7.30pm

Palmerston North The Globe

Fri 22 Mar 7.30pm

Wellington Michael Fowler Centre


Concert Chamber

Wed 22 May 7.30pm

Sun 19 May 5pm

Mon 25 Mar 7.30pm

Tue 30 Apr 7.30pm

Nelson Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

Sat 23 Mar 7.30pm

Tue 23 Apr 7.30pm

Christchurch The Piano

Sat 30 Mar 7.30pm

Fri 26 Apr 7.30pm

Fri 17 May 7.30pm

Dunedin Glenroy Auditorium

Wed 27 Mar 7.30pm

Sat 27 Apr 7.30pm

Wed 15 May 7.30pm

Invercargill Civic Theatre

Thu 28 Mar 7.30pm

Victoria Room

Mon 20 May 7.30pm

Thu 16 May 7.30pm

Victoria Room

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Francesco Turrisi

Jennifer Stumm & Te Kōkī Trio

Tue 25 Jun 7.30pm

Thu 15 Aug 7.30pm

Concert Chamber

Matthew Barley & Stephen De Pledge

Viktoria Mullova Trio

Voices New Zealand

Mon 16 Sep 7.30pm

Concert Chamber

Sat 26 Oct 7.30pm

Great Hall

Sat 22 Jun 7.30pm

Quatuor Ebène

Great Hall

Fri 11 Oct 7.30pm

Mon 24 Jun 7.30pm

Thu 12 Sep 7.30pm

Sat 12 Oct 7.30pm

Fri 21 Jun 7.30pm

Tue 10 Sep 7.30pm

Fri 18 Oct 7.30pm

Wed 11 Sep 7.30pm

Sun 13 Oct 5pm

Sat 15 Jun 7.30pm

Thu 8 Aug 7.30pm

Sat 14 Sep 7.30pm

Fri 25 Oct 7.30pm

Sun 16 Jun 5pm

Wed 14 Aug 7.30pm

Wed 19 Jun 7.30pm

Sun 11 Aug 5pm

Tue 18 Jun 7.30pm

Mon 12 Aug 7.30pm

Sat 5 Oct 7.30pm

Fri 9 Aug 7.30pm

Fri 4 Oct 7.30pm

Sat 19 Oct 7.30pm

Sun 15 Sep 5pm

Sun 6 Oct 5pm



United Kingdom

Red Priest Piers Adams Recorders Adam Summerhayes Violin Angela East Cello David Wright Harpsichord

“For sheer technical wizardry, charismatic showmanship and expressive devilment, Red Priest is in an exhilarating class of its own.” BBC Music Magazine

Truly Madly Baroque Auckland, Napier, Palmerston North, Christchurch & Dunedin

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050 VIVALDI Concerto in B Minor from L’estro armonico op. 3 No. 10, RV 580 ALBINONI Concerto à cinque in D Minor, op. 9 No. 2 TARTINI Sonata in G Minor (“The Devil’s Trill”) and works by Marini, Locatelli, Forqueray, Sanz and others

The only Baroque music group to have been compared to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock and Cirque du Soleil, Red Priest brings their own inimitable, highoctane style to the classics of the Baroque. Red Priest have redefined the art of period performance, creating a virtual orchestra through their creative arrangements, swashbuckling virtuosity, heartfelt emotion, and captivating stagecraft. These concerts relive the extraordinary virtuosity of the early Baroque masters like Bach and Biber, explore melodies from a 1730 Slovakian fiddler’s tune-book, revel in the gypsy-influenced music of Telemann, and reimagine music by Handel and the original ‘red priest’, Antonio Vivaldi – all with Red Priest’s trademark energy and irreverent humour.

110 minutes including interval

The Baroque Bohemians Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington, Nelson & Invercargill

BIBER Sonata No. 1 in A Major TELEMANN “Largo and Presto” from Concerto in E Minor, TWV 52 HANDEL Lascia Ch’Io Czadas

Where & When

HANDEL Aria and Passacaglia VIVALDI “The Gypsy and the Priest” after Concerto in A Minor, RV 356 and works by Byrd, Campra, Nicholson, Mielczewski and others 110 minutes including interval

Napier Sat 16 Mar at 7.30pm

Nelson Sat 23 Mar at 7.30pm

Hamilton Mon 18 Mar at 7.30pm

Wellington Mon 25 Mar at 7.30pm

Auckland Tue 19 Mar at 7.30pm

Dunedin Wed 27 Mar at 7.30pm

New Plymouth Thu 21 Mar at 7.30pm

Invercargill Thu 28 Mar at 7.30pm

Palmerston North Fri 22 Mar at 7.30pm

Christchurch Sat 30 Mar at 7.30pm

New Zealand / South Africa

Julien Van Mellaerts & James Baillieu Julien Van Mellaerts Baritone James Baillieu Piano

Songs of Travel SCHUBERT Goethe Lieder RAVEL Histoires naturelles (selections) NEW NZ WORK VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Songs of Travel BALLADS & LEGENDS Including songs by Sibelius, Gershwin and Cole Porter 110 minutes including interval

“New Zealander Julien Van Mellaerts... captured the strangeness and indeterminacy of this operatic setpiece [Billy Budd], in which time seems to stand still..”

“James Baillieu, who has decisively and rapidly established himself as a remarkably astute accompanist, was on magnificent form” Ferrier Award Finals at the Wigmore Hall

Peter Reed Classical Source

Two supremely talented musicians rising rapidly in the world of Art Song. New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and South African pianist James Baillieu both won top prizes at the Wigmore Song Competition, with Otago University graduate Van Mellaerts winning the Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and first prize in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Award. This concert is your chance to hear two big names of the future. Beginning in the forests and natural surrounds of Europe, we witness the urgent and tragic drama of Schubert’s Erlkönig, and Ravel’s wry and charming Histoires naturelles: “I would wish,” commented the poet Jules Renard, “[that my animal poems] be pleasing to the animals themselves. Were they able to read my miniature Histoires naturelles, I should wish that it would make them smile.” Vaughan Williams then conjures up the British landscape in his gently lilting pastoral songs. Julien and James finish by exploring a selection of entertaining ballads ranging from the swooning nostalgia of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square to Cole Porter’s laugh-out-loud The Tale of the Oyster.

Where & When Hamilton Wed 10 Apr at 7.30pm New Plymouth Fri 12 Apr at 7.30pm Napier Tue 16 Apr at 7.30pm

United Kingdom

Septura Simon Cox & Matthew Knight Artistic Directors Huw Morgan Trumpet Alan Thomas Trumpet Simon Cox Trumpet Matthew Gee Trombone Matthew Knight Trombone Daniel West Bass Trombone Peter Smith Tuba

“It’s an inspired idea to take classical pieces and rearrange them for brass septet. It’s a unique combination of instruments, and it produces a unique sound, which I love.”

Kleptomania: Pilfered Piano

Redefining brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet, Septura brings together London’s leading players in a programme of bright and bold virtuosity. This is brass playing at its highest level.

Auckland, Nelson, Dunedin

RACHMANINOV Duets, op. 11 DEBUSSY Préludes MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition 100 minutes including interval

An American in Paris Wellington, Christchurch

RAVEL Mother Goose

John Suchet, Classic FM

The brass septet is a new musical configuration, with Septura creating a parallel universe in which, in the world of chamber music, the brass septet rules. The piano’s rich repertoire is tempting for transcribers, and Rachmaninov‘s Duets, Debussy’s Préludes and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition are certainly no exception. Images inspire a huge range of colour from these composers and using all the techniques in Septura’s vast arsenal these are brightly illuminated. In their second programme Septura explore a great transatlantic relationship, charting a course from Debussy’s Préludes, through Ravel’s Mother Goose, to his friend Gershwin’s Piano Preludes, Songbook and iconic An American in Paris, especially arranged for brass and solo car-horns.

DEBUSSY Préludes GERSHWIN Three Piano Preludes GERSHWIN Songbook GERSHWIN An American in Paris 100 minutes including interval

Where & When Nelson Tue 23 Apr at 7.30pm

Wellington Tue 30 Apr at 7.30pm

Christchurch Fri 26 Apr at 7.30pm

Auckland Wed 1 May at 7.30pm

Dunedin Sat 27 Apr at 7.30pm

United Kingdom

Brodsky Quartet Daniel Rowland Violin Ian Belton Violin Paul Cassidy Viola Jacqueline Thomas Cello

“...The famous four are justly acclaimed for their polish, sophistication and a mature refinement to which almost every group, in a music world stuffed with new string quartets, should aspire...” Herald Scotland


Auckland, Napier, Palmerston North, Invercargill

BACH Fugues 1 and 6 from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 MOZART Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546 MENDELSSOHN Fugue in E-flat Major from Four Pieces op. 81 BEETHOVEN Fugue in B-flat Major (“Grosse Fugue”), op. 133

Since 1972, the world-renowned Brodsky Quartet have pushed the musical boundaries of the string quartet in presentation and repertoire. Returning to New Zealand after their celebrated 2015 tour, this illustrious quartet offer two contrasting programmes that reflect the group’s unique versatility. Rhythm & Texture profiles five composers who have consistently ignored musical barriers in favour of freedom of expression – the syncopated and vibrant colours of Mexico from Alvarez and Lavista, the neoclassical simplicity of Golijov’s Tenebrae, and one of Gershwin’s few chamber pieces Lullaby. These contrast with a grand programme of fugues, where pathos, humour, gravity, exuberance and tragedy are enmeshed in the intricate weaving of counterpoint by Bach, Beethoven and Bartók.

BARTÓK String Quartet No. 1 100 minutes including interval

Rhythm & Texture

Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

JAVIER ALVAREZ Metro Chabacano GERSHWIN Lullaby (1919) MARIO LAVISTA Reflejos de la Noche (1984) OSVALDO GOLIJOV Tenebrae (2003) RAVEL String Quartet in F Major 100 minutes including interval

Where & When Auckland Mon 13 May at 7.30pm

Palmerston North Sun 19 May at 5pm

Dunedin Wed 15 May at 7.30pm

Wellington Mon 20 May at 7.30pm

Invercargill Thu 16 May at 7.30pm

Napier Wed 22 May at 7.30pm

Christchurch Fri 17 May at 7.30pm

Italy / Ireland

Francesco Turrisi Francesco Turrisi Piano

“I consider myself a very privileged migrant, but like every other migrant in the world, I don’t belong where I came from anymore, and I will never fully belong where I go... ”

“For Turrisi, tradition and improvisation are not different countries but two sides of the same mountain.” Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

Francesco Turrisi

Northern Migrations 70 minutes no interval

A true “musical alchemist,” Francesco Turrisi is one of the most striking voices to come out of the European jazz scene in the past decade. Collaborations with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, The King’s Singers, Philippe Jaroussky, and Rhiannon Giddens illustrate a remarkable versatility. Last in Aotearoa with audience favourites L’Arpeggiata, 2019 sees Turrisi take the stage solo. Northern Migrations features original solo piano compositions and improvisations, narrating the story of his lifelong journey from the heart of the Mediterranean to the moody surrounds of Ireland. Formal and folkloric, Turrisi weaves early-Baroque ostinato lines, Mediterranean modal melodies, minimalistic grooves, and Renaissance counterpoint through a prism of jazz improvisation, creating a unique and haunting musical language.

Where & When Tour Partner

The Embassy Of Italy Wellington

Wellington Sat 15 Jun at 7.30pm

Napier Fri 21 Jun at 7.30pm

Nelson Sun 16 Jun at 5pm

Hamilton Sat 22 Jun at 7.30pm

Dunedin Tue 18 Jun at 7.30pm

New Plymouth Mon 24 Jun at 7.30pm

Christchurch Wed 19 Jun at 7.30pm

Auckland Tue 25 Jun at 7.30pm

United States / New Zealand

Jennifer Stumm with Te Kōkī Trio Jennifer Stumm Viola Martin Riseley Violin Inbal Megiddo Cello Jian Liu Piano

“There is an opal-like beauty in the viola playing of Jennifer Stumm” Washington Post

“[Te Kōkī Trio] do captivating justice to the subtle ebb and flow of [Debussy Piano Trio’s] first movement” [Debussy: Sonatas and Piano Trio album review] William Dart NZ Herald

Secrets & Hidden Messages

Enter a world of secrets and hidden messages with the captivating Te Kōkī Trio and one of the most dynamic violists of her generation, Jennifer Stumm.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS New Work for Te Kōkī Trio (CMNZ commission)

Stumm has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and London’s Wigmore Hall, and is currently International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music, London.

GYÖRGY KURTÁG Three pieces for Viola Solo from Signs, Games and Messages SCHUMANN Märchenbilder (or Fairytale Pictures) BRAHMS Scherzo in C Minor from F.A.E. Sonata BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, op. 60 (“Werther”)

With a Chamber Music New Zealand commission by composer Michael Williams, the programme offers layers of covert communiqués. In particular Stumm notes: “With Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor there is an interesting theme around secrets and hidden messages, since that piece is full of them. There are “Clara” themes as a tribute to Clara Schumann, and quotes from Mendelssohn. The whole piece telling the story of Werther is thought a metaphor for Schumann throwing himself into the Rhine.”

100 minutes including interval

Where & When Wellington Thu 8 Aug at 7.30pm

Dunedin Mon 12 Aug at 7.30pm

Invercargill Fri 9 Aug at 7.30pm

Nelson Wed 14 Aug at 7.30pm

Christchurch Sun 11 Aug at 5pm

Auckland Thu 15 Aug at 7.30pm

United Kingdom / New Zealand

Matthew Barley & Stephen De Pledge Matthew Barley Cello Stephen De Pledge Piano

“In the Lament section, the broken sounding centre of the piece where the soloist is at its most vulnerable, Barley created a suitably smoky atmosphere, teasing strange textures from his muted instrument.”

“De Pledge played with intensity and terrific rhythm” Evening Standard

Danny Riley, Bachtrack

Chiaroscuro SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro, op. 70 WEBERN Three Little Pieces, op. 11 BACH Andante from Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1027 SALINA FISHER New Work (CMNZ Commission) TAKEMITSU Orion (1984) DEBUSSY Sonata in D Minor

Impressionistic colours of light and shade echo across the centuries reflecting some of the most beautiful chamber music ever written for the cello. Offering select works of cello and piano in a programme of exquisite symmetry, from the languishing Andante in Bach’s Cello Sonata, and the mirrored reflections of Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, to Takemitsu’s reflection on the Japanese circular idea of time in Orion. “Whereas the modern Western concept of time is linear in nature, that is, its continuance always maintains the same state, in Japan time is perceived as a circulating and repeating entity” - Takemitsu. Beethoven’s darkly shaded and dynamic Cello Sonata No. 3 finishes this programme, Inter Lacrimas et Luctum, but in tones of quiet jubilation.

ARVO PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 3 in A Major, op. 69 105 minutes including interval

Where & When Napier Tue 10 Sep at 7.30pm Palmerston North Wed 11 Sep at 7.30pm New Plymouth Thu 12 Sep at 7.30pm

Russia / United Kingdom / New Zealand

Viktoria Mullova Trio Viktoria Mullova Violin Matthew Barley Cello Stephen De Pledge Piano

“What wins out here is Mullova’s sheer dancing virtuosity in Tico tico and Brasileirinho – these are as dazzling as the sights and sounds of Brazil.”

“Mullova maybe the most elegant, refined and sweetly expressive violinist on the planet.” Chicago Tribune

Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer

Cornerstones SCHUBERT Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 929 SALINA FISHER New Work for Cello and Piano (CMNZ Commission) RAVEL Piano Trio in A Minor 100 minutes including interval

Piano Trio splendour, this programme offers a chance to hear one of the biggest names on the world stage, Viktoria Mullova, perform cornerstones of the repertoire. True music royalty, Mullova has appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, and is known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. She is joined by husband Matthew Barley and our own Stephen De Pledge in performing one of the greatest trios in the repertory, the masterpiece of Schubert’s Trio in E-flat – “Heavenly lengths” as Schumann would later describe, a “Trio by Schubert passed across the musical world like some angry comet in the sky.” The concert finishes with one of the greatest trios written in the 20th century, and here Ravel draws inspiration from outside the European tradition. Looking to Basque dances and Malaysian poetry, but forever the “musical watchmaker” he draws together these elements with a technical perfection which is both fascinating and heart-rending.

Where & When Wellington Sat 14 Sep at 7.30pm Christchurch Sun 15 Sep at 5pm Auckland Mon 16 Sep at 7.30pm

New Zealand

Voices New Zealand Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir Dr Karen Grylls Music Director

“For years we thought that the oceans were so vast and the inhabitants so infinitely numerous that nothing we could do could have an effect upon them. But now we know that was wrong. The oceans are under threat now as never before in human history. We can now destroy or we can cherish. The choice is ours.” Sir David Attenborough

Taonga Moana A love letter to the oceans 80 minutes with no interval

New Zealand’s premier national chamber choir Voices New Zealand perform a stunning musical and visual reminder about the beauty and importance of our oceans, essential to survival on our planet. This inspiring concert celebrates our oceans as taonga with uplifting and moving music from around the globe. A newly commissioned work by New Zealand’s Warren Maxwell (composer of the glorious soundtrack to the Waka Odyssey in the 2018 NZ Festival) will capture his personal experiences of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica when spending time on the ice. Traversing the northern ocean currents, Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi will create a new work about the Arctic Ocean. A landscape of projected moving images will accompany the music. Created by multimedia artists Tim and Mic Gruchy whose visual designs have featured in works by the likes of Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, New Zealand Festival and Australian Dance Theatre, this will be a spectacular audiovisual celebration.

Where & When Invercargill Fri 4 Oct at 7.30pm

New Plymouth Sat 12 Oct at 7.30pm

Dunedin Sat 5 Oct at 7.30pm

Palmerston North Sun 13 Oct at 5pm

Christchurch Sun 6 Oct at 5pm

Napier Fri 18 Oct at 7.30pm

Hamilton Fri 11 Oct at 7.30pm

Nelson Sat 19 Oct at 7.30pm


Quatuor Ebène Pierre Colombet Violin Gabriel Le Magadure Violin Marie Chilemme Viola Raphaël Merlin Cello

“The Quartet, the place of battle between the intimate and the shared, but also the place of realization of the most noble challenge of modernity.”

“The Ebène foursome animated an entire universe.” Bachtrack

G.Di Salvatore, Filmexplorer

Beethoven Live Around The World String Quartet in G Major, op. 18, No. 2 (“Compliments”) String Quartet in F Minor, op. 95 (“Serioso”) String Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 74 (“Harp”) 100 minutes including interval

This passionate, direct, authentic, and occasionally maverick quartet have created a style of their own, perfect for the composer inhabiting those same qualities: Beethoven. Marking their 20th anniversary in 2019, Quatuor Ebène have undertaken a project almost symphonic in scale: Beethoven Live Around the World. In 2014 Quatuor Ebène were asked by Carnegie Hall to be THE one string quartet to play the Beethoven Cycle in their Hall in 2020 to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday. They accepted the invitation, but, characteristically taking it to the next level, they decided to perform and record the complete cycle live in concerts spread over six continents. This concert is going to be a piece of Beethoven history; a moment when ‘Alle Menschen’ (all people - from his Ninth Symphony) are linked together around the world by these extraordinary string quartets, in a spirit of endeavour, creativity and humanity.

Where & When Wellington Fri 25 Oct at 7.30pm Auckland Sat 26 Oct at 7.30pm



Regional Concert Series “It was invigorating playing in different, small centres nationally and receiving a great response from the audiences including our outreach concert.”

“Repeat performances are how we develop our craft.” NZTrio

Wilma and Friends

On Tour in 2019 Julien Van Mellaerts & James Baillieu New Zealand String Quartet Duo Col Legno The Donizetti Trio 2019 Adam Troubadours^ The Morton Trio Tony Chen Lin The Jacquin Trio*

Through our Regional Series CMNZ promotes New Zealand musicians in almost every corner of Aotearoa. Through our collaboration with a huge network of other presenters around the country, mostly volunteer music societies, we are able to share music with communities large and small. These ensembles represent this country’s leading musicians, as well as emerging players looking to develop their craft. All are passionate about fostering our composers and will play at least nine NZ works, this year a third of these will be world premieres. While on tour many of these ensembles will work with children, music students, visit retirement homes and engage with people who might not usually have access to the concert hall.

The year ahead: • • • • •

60 concerts 20 centres 9 home-grown works 7 New Zealand composers 3 world premieres

Where * In association with

^In association with

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Warkworth, Tauranga, Whakatane, Te Awamutu, Rotorua, Putaruru, Gisborne, Taihape, Whanganui, Waikanae, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wellington, Motueka, Blenheim, Rangiora, Christchurch, Geraldine, Oamaru, Wanaka, Cromwell & Gore

NZCT Chamber Music Contest “Something new and exciting has started in music,” Owen Jensen remarked in 1965, the first year of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. As the longest running music competition and the longest running school music event, the contest has inspired thousands of young Kiwi secondary school students to make music together. Each year we have witnessed students from all around Aotearoa getting up on stage to perform, perhaps coming back the following year to do even better. We have seen parents and teachers, often contest alumni themselves, supporting the students through rehearsals, eagerly awaiting the adjudicator’s reports. We have many local volunteers and District Contest Organisers around the country dedicating their time to making the contest happen. This is a true national community event we are very proud of. Many professional musicians in Aotearoa owe their careers to being exposed to the best in the world by CMNZ and by participating in the chamber music contest. We continue to see participants reappear as members of the NZSO, APO or CSO – and even further afield, to return as part of our international concert season. Striving towards excellence, the NZCT Chamber Music Contest is unique in fostering the musical future of Aotearoa. But it also is simply about playing music, and having some fun, and learning a discipline which will help our young people in any facet of life.

District Rounds 4 June — 14 June

Regional Finals

Northern – Sat 22 June, Auckland Central — Sat 22 June, Napier Southern – Sun 23 June, Christchurch

National Finals

Fri 2 Aug & Sat 3 Aug, Auckland

Matariki Nau mai, haere mai. You and your whÄ nau are warmly invited to celebrate Matariki, the MÄ ori New Year with Chamber Music New Zealand. Twinkling in the mid-winter sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the MÄ ori New Year. (Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life.) Each year we celebrate Matariki by bringing together the stories and music of Aotearoa. Together with local artists and musicians we offer a series of concerts, shown in various centres throughout Aotearoa.

When Tour dates and information will be available in April 2019

Accessible Concerts

Discover Chamber Music Kids’ concert

Audio Description

Get the kids fired up about the Baroque with Red Priest, in a wacky journey through music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Audio described concerts also include a touch-tour prior to the performance.

With Baroque masters, Red Priest.

Sat 16 March – Napier Mon 25 March – Wellington Wed 27 March – Dunedin


Opportunities for tertiary-level musicians to learn from international artists.

Brass Residency

With Septura Brass Septet A four-day workshop culminating in a public performance. An opportunity for brass players from New Zealand and overseas to explore the very best of the brass repertoire. Participants and observers can apply. Brass players from around the world are invited to explore the very best of brass repertoire. Guided by the exceptional musicians of Septura and some of New Zealand’s top brass playing professionals, participants and observers can enjoy a four-day workshop residency concluding with an informal public performance. 22 – 25 April 2019

For blind and low vision patrons.

Tue 30 April – Wellington (Septura) Wed 1 May – Auckland (Septura) Sat 12 October – New Plymouth (Voices NZ) Fri 18 October – Napier (Voices NZ)

IHC Concert Series

Fun and relaxed performances with accompanying workshops, focusing on inclusion, participation and discovery for people with learning disabilities.

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Useful information Dates to remember Fri 28 Sep 2018 Subscription bookings open Mon 5 Nov 2018 Priority period for renewals close Wed 13 Feb 2019 Single tickets go on sale to the general public

Renewing your subscription

Want to keep the same seats? Ensure your booking is received before the priority booking period closes on Monday 5 November 2018. After this date your current seats will be made available to other subscribers.


Cheques should be made payable to ‘Chamber Music New Zealand’ The deadline for split-payments is Wed 21 November 2018. The first payment is due at time of booking, and the second during early February 2019.


Chamber Music New Zealand operates a no refunds policy. Any box office exchanges are at the discretion of CMNZ and the relevant box office manager.

First-time subscribers

Complete the enclosed booking form or book online. Do not hesitate to contact us by phone, email or through Facebook if you have a question about subscribing. To book additional subscriptions simply photocopy the form or download a copy from

Concession prices

Discounts are available for SuperGold card holders aged 65+ years. See the pricing table on the reverse of your booking form. To claim the concession rate please enclose proof of eligibility with your booking form. Renewing subscribers do not need to provide this again.


FlexiVouchers must be exchanged for box office tickets at the designated agent. There are no service fees for redeeming your FlexiVoucher at the box offices. If you know which concerts you want to attend at the time of purchasing your FlexiVoucher we recommend purchasing a season subscription. In certain cases we are able to assist with arranging tickets, please contact us for further information.

Misplaced tickets

If you misplace your tickets please contact us on 0800 CONCERT (266 2378) from Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. Alternatively, contact your local Concert Manager or visit the CMNZ desk on the day of the concert for a free replacement.


We endeavour to provide up-to-date information for our concerts and activities on our website. If any major changes occur we will contact subscribers directly via telephone, email or post.

Concert durations

Please note timings are listed on the programmes and are approximate.


Large Print Programmes are available for subscription concerts at $3 each. Purchase them in advance by placing an order on your booking form. Word doc programme notes are also available online prior to the concert. Access information for each of our venues is available online. Please let us know of any assistance you may need when you book your subscription.

Seating maps

Maps for venues can be found online at


KÄ piti Bus Service from Waikanae to the Michael Fowler Centre for each subscription concert. Seats are available at $10 each way, and you can add your request to your booking form. Auckland Car Parking can be reserved by registering your interest on your booking form.

The fine print

All sales are subject to terms and conditions and submitting a subscription application indicates that you have read these and agree with those terms of sale and issue. Selected terms and conditions are printed on the back of tickets. Full terms and conditions are detailed at

Privacy policy

Your personal information will be treated confidentially in accordance with the appropriate legislation and CMNZ’s Privacy Policy. Visit for more information.


The information provided in this brochure was correct at time of printing. Chamber Music New Zealand reserves the right to alter, substitute or withdraw any advertised programmes, artists, dates, times or venues and to change any seating arrangements.

Venues and Ticketing Auckland




New Plymouth




Town Hall & Concert Chamber Queen Street

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Centre, University of Waikato

Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace 92-100 Devon Street West

MTG Theatre 1 Tennyson Street

Palmerston North The Globe 312 Main Street

Michael Fowler Centre 111 Wakefield Street

Nelson Centre of Musical Arts 28 Nile Street

The Piano 156 Armagh Street

Glenroy Auditorium Harrop St


Civic Theatre & Victoria Room 88 Tay Street

For all ticket enquiries, please contact 0800 CONCERT or visit us at

Ticketing providers Ticketmaster Auckland, Wellington & Dunedin 0800 111 999 |

TicketDirect Nelson & Invercargill 0800 224 224 |

Ticketek New Plymouth & Napier 0800 TICKETEK | Hamilton and Palmerston North are ticketed independently by each venue. For Christchurch ticketing enquiries visit

Thank you A special thank you to all of our sponsors and funding partners.

Core Funder

Supporting Funder

National Touring Partners

National Business Partners

Regional Partners

Education and Community Partners

Key Funding Partners CMNZ recognizes the following funders who generously support our work.

Judith Clark Memorial Fund

Funding Partners Community Trust of Southland Eastern & Central Community Trust Four Winds Foundation Invercargill Licensing Trust Mt Wellington Foundation New Plymouth District Council

Otago Community Trust Pub Charity RÄ tÄ Foundation Southern Trust The Adam Foundation Trust House

Trust Waikato TSB Community Trust Turnovsky Endowment Trust Wellington Community Trust Winton & Margaret Bear Charitable Trust

Brochure artwork created by Darcy Woods

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