In August 2016 Eden Arts proudly launched a new event - the Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival. This took the form of three one-hour early evening/afternoon concerts in the heart of Mt Eden and featured some of the best professional chamber musicians in the country.
The Chamber Music Festival is a welcome supplement to our musical matinees which have been an annual part of the Eden Arts programme for a long time with the aim of supporting young emerging musicians.
Following the success of the inaugural festival we were delighted to hold a second Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival in the last weekend of October 2017. Our third festival will take place in September 2018.
We are delighted to announce the 2018 festival programme, which follows the theme of "Contrasts".
Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.82
Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano
Simeon Broom (violin), Rachel Church (piano)
Beethoven Piano Trio in G major, Op.1 No.2
Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 No. 11 "Serioso"
Auckland Piano Trio with Yuri Cho (violin) and David Samuel (viola)
Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114
Bartok "Contrasts", Sz.111
NZ Chamber Soloists - Peter Scholes (clarinet), James Tennant (cello),
Katherine Austin (piano) with Simeon Broom (violin)
Festival Artistic Director – Simeon Broom
For bookings please phone us on 09 638 8526 or email us.
For our second festival we again presented some of New Zealand's foremost chamber musicians in a programme which explored the development of chamber music, from its beginnings in the parlour, through the house concert to the concert hall. Simeon Broom reprised his role as artistic director and the series was aptly titled "A Room with a View", reflecting the settings and stories behind some of the finest chamber works.
The weekend began with players from NZ Barok, who performed a programme of early classical chamber music. On Saturday evening the audience was treated to an evening of song, with the established duo partnership of Catrin Johnsson (mezzo) and Rachel Fuller (piano) performing song works from Mozart to Brahms. Finally, the Sunday concert consisted of the early Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor and the much loved 'Dumky' Trio by Dvorak, performed by the exciting NZ Chamber Soloists.
Haydn String Quartet Op.1 No.3 in D major
Boccherini String Quartet Op.10 No.2 in D minor
Highlights from Mozart's "Magic Flute" in an original arrangement for flute quartet from 1799
Mozart Flute Quartet No.3 in C major
Sally Tibbles (baroque flute), Miranda Hutton (baroque violin), Graham McPhail (baroque violin),
Alison Salmons (baroque viola), Helen Brinkman (baroque cello)
Grieg "Haugtussa" Song Cycle Op.67
C Schumann "Ich stand in dunklen Träumen” Op.13 No.1, "Die stille Lotusblume" Op.13 No.6
R Schumann "Widmung" from "Myrthen" Op.25, "Mondnacht" from "Liederkreis"Op.39
Brahms "Liebestreu" Op.3 No.1, "Minnelied" Op.71 No.5
Brahms "Zwei Gesänge" Op.91 - “Gestillte Sehnsucht”, “Geistliches Wiegenlied”
Catrin Johnsson (mezzo soprano), Edith Salzmann (cello), Rachel Fuller (piano)
Beethoven Piano Trio Op.1 No.3 in C minor
Dvorak "Dumky" Trio Op. 90 No. 4 in E minor
Lara Hall (violin), James Tennant (cello), Katherine Austin (piano)
GRAHAM McPHAIL & MIRANDA HUTTON – baroque violins
ALISON SALMONS – baroque viola
HELEN BRINKMAN – baroque cello
FIONA TIBBLES – historical flute
CATRIN JOHNSSON - MEZZO SOPRANO
RACHEL FULLER - PIANO
EDITH SALZMANN - CELLO
NEW ZEALAND CHAMBER SOLOISTS
LARA HALL – violin
JAMES TENNANT – cello
KATHERINE AUSTIN – piano
The festival seed was sown when Mt Eden violinist Simeon Broom approached Eden Arts with his long held dream of holding a local chamber music festival in the mould of the world class festivals he had encountered in Europe. He gathered professional colleagues and put together a programme of German Romantic music ("Eine Romantische Reise") which delved deep into the romantic spirit of what was one of the most exciting periods in classical music.
Playing world class chamber music to packed houses, we could not have envisaged a more uplifting and successful launch of this inaugural event. Intensely difficult repertoire was performed with ease and aplomb, interspersed with a gentle narrative from the musicians to introduce each work. This was chamber music at its finest, and a rare chance to hear these programmes performed live over one weekend.
Beethoven “Ghost” Piano Trio in D major, Op.70 No.1
Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat major Op.47
Simeon Broom (violin), Julia Joyce (viola), Andrew Joyce (cello), Rachel Church (piano)
Schubert String Quintet in C major, D 956
Aroha String Quartet with Andrew Joyce
Beethoven String Trio in G major, Op.9 No.1
Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major Op.44
Simeon Broom (violin), Anna van der Zee (violin), Julia Joyce (viola), Andrew Joyce (cello),
Rachel Church (piano)
SIMEON BROOM – VIOLIN
JULIA JOYCE – VIOLA
ANDREW JOYCE – CELLO
RACHEL CHURCH – PIANO
AROHA STRING QUARTET
HAIHONG LIU & SIMEON BROOM – violins
ZHONGXIAN JIN – viola
ROBERT IBELL – cello
ANNA VAN DER ZEE – VIOLIN