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Thu, 20 Apr


The Piano

Christchurch - Christopher's Classics with Helen Webby

​We're teaming up with CSO Principal Harp, Helen Webby, to perform the Bax Harp Quintet in the 2023 season of Christopher's Classics.

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Christchurch - Christopher's Classics with Helen Webby
Christchurch - Christopher's Classics with Helen Webby

Time & Location

20 Apr 2023, 7:30 pm

The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

About the event


Prokofiev - String Quartet No. 1 in B minor 

Bax - Harp Quintet 

Webern - Quartet 1905 

Mozart - String Quartet K458  "Hunt"

Tickets are available in advance through Eventfinda, and at the door on the day of the concert $40 cash, $45 EFTPOS/credit card for adults; $15 cash, $17 EFTPOS/credit card for students ​or from Eventfinda (charges apply).  We ask that patrons be seated 5 minutes before the scheduled starting time.

Christopher’s Classics - where it all began – and the man behind the series.  A farmer, a skier in his younger years, and a lover of classical music, English born Christopher Marshall ​attended symphony orchestra concerts from the age of eight. It was only after moving to New Zealand in the 1980’s, however, that music became a larger part of his life. ​Back in 1987, concerts he and wife Jilly hosted at their North Canterbury home for the Ashley and Waimakariri community arts councils attracted enthusiastic audiences from the start.   By 1996, realising that the artists they presented rarely performed in Christchurch, Christopher initiated a series of Sunday afternoon concerts in the beautiful Great Hall in the Christchurch Arts Centre. ‘Sunday Classics’ was born.  Later, a move from Sunday afternoons to mid-week evening concerts gave impetus to a new brand, ‘Christopher’s Classics’, offering five to six well patronised concerts a year.  The series continued despite having to move to new locations after the Christchurch earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011. From 2011 until May 2016, most concerts took place in Christchurch’s lovely old St Michael and All Angels Church, and in August 2016, they transferred to the wonderful new purpose-built venue, The Piano.  “The Christopher’s Classics series aims to attract the most interesting and talented of performers in New Zealand and those having associations with this country,” Christopher says. “Our series offers artists a fine well-managed venue for performances, and an audience both responsive and engaged.”

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