Classical viola works performed by NZSM students.
August 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NZST
Three young, highly talented and accomplished viola players – Aucklander Taliesin Amoore and Wellingtonians Lauren Jack and Zephyr Wills – offer a programme of works for viola accompanied by the piano. This is a great opportunity to hear seldom-played masterpieces of the viola repertoire by three of the School of Music’s promising up-and-coming musicians.
Taliesin Amoore is a viola student at the NZSM and a member of the Eden Quartet, a string quartet of highly talented and motivated first-year music performance students who have performed in Wellington and other centres in NZ. Only beginning to learn a stringed instrument since starting high school, Tal’s enormous self-motivation has driven him to succeed in a far shorter time than is usual and he has been accepted into the National Youth Orchestra, the Adam Summer School and various youth orchestras and chamber groups in Auckland and Wellington.
Zephyr Wills and Lauren Jack are both Honours performance students from the Wellington area making waves round Wellington.
Lauren has been the principal violist in the National Youth Orchestra and the NZSM orchestra and is the current principal of the Wellington Youth Orchestra. She was in the winning group in the 2017 Chamber Music NZ Community Trust Chamber Music Contest and has played as a casual player with Orchestra Wellington and the NZSO.
Zephyr has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra for several years, has attended the Adam Summer School 4 times and received A+ in most of his performance exams. He is the inaugural recipient of Orchestra Wellington’s Linda & Max Simmons Viola Fellowship, entitling him to free lessons with the principal viola and to perform with the orchestra this year.
Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeill
August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NZST
Gillian Boucher, an award-winning fiddler & dancer from Eastern Canada’s Scottish-infused Cape Breton Island, and Bob McNeill, an award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter originally from Scotland, share a deeply seeded passion for their musical heritage and culture.
Mere months before a global lock-down, the duo released their highly anticipated new album, Race for the Sun, with a successful tour of both Canada and the USA. Race for the Sun, featuring Gillian’s unique fiddle style, paired with Bob’s innovative, rhythmic accompaniment and powerful lyricism, take what you know about traditional Celtic music and bring it to another level altogether.
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