Cantabrian Jeremy Woodside (piano) joins Neo-Cantabrian Cathy Irons (violin) in music chosen to reflect something of the musical tastes of Albertian England, the early part of Queen Victoria's reign, in which New Zealand became a British Colony and in which the visionary planning of the Canterbury Settlement took shape and gradually became a reality. They begin their programme with a charming Sonata by the precocious Felix Mendelssohn.
Then follows the Sonata in a minor by Franz Schubert. The importance of the role of the woman in the Canterbury vision, her civilising influence on the birth of the new settlement and her aspirations for education are acknowledged in the Three Romances of the highly cultured Clara Schumann (wife of the more famous Robert Schumann).
The work dates from 1855, by which time the early root structure of the cultured Canterbury we know today was becoming established. Tomaso Vitali's grand 'Chaconne' is the sort of late baroque violin composition that was popular, as was the music of Paganini, who took London by storm, a decade before the arrival of "The Randolph".
This was the second Canterbury Association ship to arrive at Lyttelton on 16th December 1850 bearing its invaluable 'cargo' of educated and hard-working settlers. The elegance of Lansdowne's Golden Room and splendour of its Gardens are a perfect setting for contemplating the early-Victorian vision for a 'Canterbury' on the other side of the world.