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Music & Memory - Palliser Viols on the Main Trunk Line 2021: POSTPONED

Music & Memory - Palliser Viols on the Main Trunk Line 2021: POSTPONED

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  • Wed 1 Sep, 11:00am – 1:30pm


Te Awamutu Library, Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Trains, pots, musings, music for consort of viols: a strange, unexpected combination united in this series of concerts with readings from the ‘wrertings’ of Barry Brickell.

The programme is being presented in towns on the Main Trunk Line in the North Island. Music from the time of Shakespeare and present-day New Zealand will be combined with readings from ‘A Barry Brickell Reader’ read by Gregory O’Brien. Composers will include Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd, Alfonso Ferrabosco from 17th Century England, and Gillian Whitehead and Ross Harris from 21st Century New Zealand.

A consort of viols seems an esoteric choice, until you hear them – the lines of melody, clear in each part, weave an enchanting fabric of beautiful sound, harmony, musical invention and immediate appeal. Taonga puoro express in a pure way the relationship of humans to this landscape and unique environment. We combine the two ancient, pre-colonial, traditions of music for viols and taonga puoro is to experience a confluence of streams of beauty which bring us together.

Both traditions have been revived in recent times.

Te Awamutu Library is the location for the Te Awamutu Outreach event, a chance for people to hear the music, and speak with the performers. School parties will be welcomed, and casual ‘walk-ins’ encouraged. The concert will take place that evening at The Woolshed, Te Awamutu.

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