This year, Amici comprises Donald Armstrong and Malavika Gopal (violin), Andrew Thomson (viola), Ken Ichinose (cello), Bridget Douglas (flute), Patrick Barry (clarinet) and Carolyn Mills (Harp). The Amici Ensemble was formed in 1988 and the performers are mostly principal players with the NZ Symphony Orchestra and leading chamber musicians on the New Zealand music scene.
The make-up of the Ensemble varies to match the programmed works, which enables less frequently performed combinations of instruments. A typical review comment is “It was marvellous to hear these works from outside the standard chamber music repertoire.”
The current programme uses an interesting mixture of wind and string instruments. A new work by award-winning composer Salina Fisher contrasts with pieces by well-known composers.
Wolfgang Mozart, Clarinet Quintet K.581
Claude Debussy, Syrinx for solo flute
Salina Fisher, New work for string quartet, flute, clarinet and harp
Wolfgang Mozart, Flute Quartet in D, KV 285
Camille Saint-Saëns, Fantasie for Violin and Harp
Maurice Ravel, Introduction and Allegro