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20 December 2017 / News
It was wonderful to return to China last month to re-connect with colleagues Shen Nalin and Gao Ping, as well as our friends from the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, and to perform in some state-of-the-art concerts halls in Hangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing. Gillian sums it up when she says:
“It was such a rich and stimulating time, filled with fascinating sights and sounds, amazing banquets, excellent concert halls and, of course, wonderful people”.
Helene gave an overview of our trip in the October edition of Q-notes, in her story On Tour in China and Singapore, so in this edition, we thought we’d just share a few photos from our travels, to give you a taste of our tour.
It was an honour to be featured artists at the 1st International Chamber Music Festival at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, and while there we enjoyed working with composition students of our friend and former colleague Shen Nalin (back row, 2nd from left).
We all enjoyed the beautiful gardens at the Forbidden City ahead of our concert at the prestigious Forbidden City Concert Hall, and it was great to spot our names amongst such distinguished company on the ‘honour board’ there!
We managed some time out at the world’s largest panda breeding centre in Chengdu…… and couldn’t resist some panda kitsch!
In Beijing, we enjoyed performing at a concert hosted by the NZ Embassy and ex-pat kiwi Glenn Schuitman at Pop-Up Beijing, and it was wonderful to catch up with Gao Ping (2nd from left), Liu Shun (5th from right) and our friends from the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra.
17 October 2019 / NewsRight now, we’re in Vienna, where we’re performing TONIGHT with fellow NZ-based cellist Martin Rummel. It’s our first time performing in this chamber music haven, and the ideal opportunity to pay homage to Viennese composer Franz Schubert with his String Quintet in C Major - not to mention place music... Read More
17 October 2019 / NewsAfter a decade of service, Emeritus Professor Gary Hawke stepped down as the NZSQ Trust’s Chair earlier this month. Gary made an immense and valuable contribution to the NZSQ throughout his term and to celebrate the end of an era, we asked him to share some highlights of the past... Read More
17 October 2019 / NewsIs this marvellous Amati viola now the oldest string instrument in New Zealand? We think it might be! Hear history in action in our final concerts for 2019. Read More