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National Tour 2021

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Our 2021 National Tour will take us around Aotearoa in August and September. Immerse yourself in astounding beauty, inspire your senses, and fire your curiosity through four centuries of music...

In Programme 1, the warmth of Haydn’s ‘Sunrise’ Quartet is the perfect overture to the tui calls of the Marlborough Sounds that inspired Gareth Farr’s Te Koanga. Ligeti’s stimulating String Quartet No. 1, ‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’, brings contrasts of light and dark, before Dvořák’s the ever-popular String Quartet Op. 51. Programme 2 sweeps from the sounds of late Mozart to contemporary NZ composer Louise Webster’s nostalgic this memory of earth. Following Shostakovich’s emotive and impassioned String Quartet No. 11 is Mendelssohn’s 5th String Quartet – an irresistible finale.

Bookings now open!

“…superbly responsive, technically sharp, performances…a full, satisfying, musical meal…” John Button, The Dominion Post (Wellington)

Sunday 15 August | Martinborough Town Hall | 2:30pm – Programme 2

Thursday 19 August | Tauranga, Baycourt X Space | 7:30pm – Programme 2

Friday 20 August | Hamilton, Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber | 7:30pm – Programme 1

Saturday 28 August | Auckland, Holy Trinity Devonport | 7:30pm – Programme 1

Sunday 29 August | Auckland, Jubilee Hall Parnell | 4:00pm – Programme 2

Thursday 2 September | Dunedin, Knox Church | 7.30pm – Programme 1

Saturday 4 September | Blenheim, St Andrew's Presbyterian Church | 3:00pm – Programme 1

Sunday 5 September | Nelson, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts | 4:00pm – Programme 2

Thursday 9 September | Wellington, Public Trust Hall | 7:30pm – Programme 1

Saturday 11 September | Napier, Church Road Winery | 7:30pm – Programme 2

Thursday 23 September | Christchurch, The Piano | 7:30pm*

Saturday 25 September | Wellington, Hunter Council Chamber | 2:30pm – Programme 2

Programme 1

(Hamilton; Auckland, Devonport; Blenheim; Wellington, Public Trust Hall)

Haydn, String Quartet Opus 76 No. 4 ('Sunrise')

Gareth Farr, Te Koanga

Ligeti, String Quartet No. 1 (‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’)

Dvořák, String Quartet No. 10, Op. 51

Programme 2

(Martinborough; Tauranga; Auckland, Parnell; Nelson; Napier; Wellington, Hunter Council Chamber)

Mozart, String Quartet K. 575

Louise Webster, this memory of earth

Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 11, Op. 122

Mendelssohn, String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13

*This concert is part of the Christopher’s Classics Series. The programme will be Purcell, Three Fantazias; Britten, String Quartet No. 2, Gao Ping, Prayer Songs (Christchurch Premiere), Smetana, String Quartet No. 2 in D minor. For tickets and bookings visit

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