Concert series begins

"Commitment, consummate technique and passion," were the words one reviewer used to describe the Rangitoto Trio.

The group is on a Chamber Music New Zealand Encompass series tour this month and performs at St Andrews Church in Blenheim on Friday.

It is the first concert of the year for the Marlborough Music Society and if the review in the Whangarei Leader is anything to go by, it should be a good one.

Violinist Amalia Hall, her brother and cellist Callum Hall and pianist John-Paul Muir first performed together at school 13 years ago.

The following year, the Rangitoto College students were finalists in the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest and in 2003 Amalia and John-Paul were members of the national winning ensemble. As a duo they were awarded the 2007 Pettman-ROSL Arts International Chamber Music Scholarship and did a concert tour of the United Kingdom.

Amalia was the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians laureate and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Callum is completing his studies towards a doctor of musical arts at Michigan State University in the United States, and Muir graduated with distinction from the Guildhall Artist Masters Programme in London.

The programme will include works by Martinu, Josef Suk and violinist Louis Spohr.

Door sales for the 6pm concert in St Andrew's Church, Henry St, Blenheim, are $35, or for students under 20, $10. Society members get five 2014 concerts for $95 (single); $175 (double) or students and those under 20 ($25).

The Marlborough Express