Updated: Jul 1, 2020
It was terrific to see so many of you at our concerts in June and July as we travelled the country on our annual National Tour.
The whole tour felt very special, with such exciting repertoire and great audiences. To begin, we fought off the Featherston frost with a programme of Mozart, Gao Ping, Janacek and Dvorak, then hopped in the minivan for concerts in Wellington, Napier, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Auckland. Performing in great venues like Hamilton’s Gallagher Theatre and (later on the tour) Christchurch’s The Piano adds bloom to our string sounds and encourages us into ever more nuance and expression – a source of satisfaction and delight. Our long weekend in Auckland saw us scoot (Monique!) and sail between Devonport, Waiheke Island, and Parnell, performing in resonant heritage churches and by cosy firesides.
Photo: Stephen Gibbs (St Mary of the Angels, 29 June 2019)
Along the way we also stopped off at Irongate School in Hastings (thanks to Or-che-strate) and Papatoetoe South School (through Tironui Music Trust) to give workshops and concerts for primary students, many of whom hadn’t had the opportunity to experience a string quartet before. We received an incredibly warm welcome from both schools, and it was a privilege to see such talent and passion in the students’ music-making.