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Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand invites you to come and enjoy a beautiful concert featuring Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
and other hidden gems of romantic music.
Clarinet – David McGregor
Tres Cordes String Quartet - guest violin Mark Menzies
David McGregor studied with Philip Green (Associate Principal Clarinet, Opera Australia Orchestra, former NZSO) at Victoria University of Wellington from 2011 to 2014. While studying in Wellington, he also played in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band in section and principal positions. He was principal clarinet of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014, and a casual section player with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 2013.
In 2015 he moved to Hobart, Tasmania, where he studied with Francesco Celata (Associate Principal Clarinet, Sydney Symphony) at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music.
David was selected as a Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellow in 2017, which involved him playing frequently with the orchestra, most often playing E-flat clarinet, though he performed in all positions in a number of concerts. The Fellowship programme involved performances in mixed chamber ensembles with the other Fellows in Central Sydney, as well as regional NSW. The role also involved education work and outreach which was an absolute highlight. Fellows would participate in, and present masterclasses and workshops to students in the greater Sydney area.
David returned to New Zealand in 2018, where he was appointed principal clarinet of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. In October 2020, David appeared as soloist with the CSO performing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto K. 622.
Alongside his playing work with the CSO, David enjoys teaching, and is passionate the CSO's award winning Community Engagement programme, which involves education and outreach work in schools, corrections and other community organisations in the Canterbury region.
Tres Cordes string trio has been performing together since 2007, and are all members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra; Cathy Irons (violin), Sharon Baylis (viola) and Tomas Hurnik (cello). The trio has a passion for chamber music which they have shared with audiences around New Zealand as well as broadcasting live on CTV in 2009. In 2013 they toured for Chamber Music NZ, and their playing was described as “high spirited” and “fun overflowing,” “with splendid co-ordination and attack.” by the Rotorua Daily Post. They were invited to the Nelson Composers Workshop in 2011, to perform and work alongside young NZ composers. The trio commissioned and premiered Anthony Ritchie's Easter Melancholy alongside artist Nathanael Provis' stunning large oil landscape paintings for a opening exhibition. Members of the group have performed as a string quartet in Tokyo at the NZ Embassy and their first CD “String Trio Sapphires” was broadcast on Plains FM in 2012 and Radio New Zealand Concert as the competition CD of the week in 2011. In 2015, they recorded the music for The Art of Recovery for the New Zealand International Film Festival and performed for the opening of the Chinese Spring Festival. Tres Cordes performed at the 2017 XXXIX Festival Internacional de Musica de Deia in Marjorca, Spain.