Classics for Christchurch

Paekākāariki Memorial Hall, The Parade, Paekākāariki.

2pm Sunday 13th March

Entry by folding donation: Proceeds to the Christchurch Earthquake relief fund.

A Classical Concert featuring Kāpiti Musicicans and friends. Music by Mozart, Haydn, Albinoni, Barber, Scullion

Kāpiti musicians and poets are coming together to present a reflective musical afternoon at the Memorial Hall in Paekākāariki on Sunday 13th March to raise funds for the Christchurch Earthquake relief fund.

An initiative by the Paekākāariki Community Board, the concert features local musicians and friends from Wellington. “Kāpiti has a wealth of talented musicians, and this concert will feature local professional musicians as well as members of the Kāpiti Concert Orchestra,” says organiser and Paekākāariki Community Board deputy chair Janet Holborow.

A string orchestra led by New Zealand String Quartet violinist Douglas Beilman will play popular classical music as well as accompanying guest soloists, Mary Gow, Paekākāariki pianist and organiser of the Mulled Wine Concert series and Moira Hurst, principal clarinet with the Vector Orchestra in Wellington.

The World Of Flutes, a flute choir made up of musicians from Kāpiti and Wellington, will present music by Paraparaumu-based composer Michelle Scullion. The group have recently performed throughout Wellington as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival. The group features a range of flutes including bass flute, alto flute and a selection of recorders. Malu Jonas, a Waikanae flute player and principal flute with the Kāpiti Orchestra, will perform solo.

A double horn concerto will be performed by Kāpiti Concert Orchestra horn players Erica Challis and Kirsten Shaman.

Poets Apirana Taylor and Hinemoana Baker will perform their poetry and songs, and the afternoon will be hosted by local identity Lee Hatherly, dubbed the “double drambuie” voice of National Radio.

The concert will conclude with an afternoon tea provided by local Paekākāariki businesses including Finns, the Paekākāariki Cafe and the Paekākāariki Deli.

The piano has been provided free of charge by the Piano House in Wellington and will be moved free of charge by Munroe’s.

The concert features music by Mozart, Albinoni, Faure, Haydn and Barber.

The Community Board is also helping to organise a concert on Saturday 18th March at the Paekākāariki Surf Club, and is looking for bands who would like to perform. The style will be “eclectic cabaret.”

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