Our stellar line-up of New Zealand artists include the NZTrio, sopranos Joanne Roughton-Arnold and Jenny Wollerman, Douglas Mews on harpsichord, marimba player Naoto Segawa, NZSO’s Joan Perarnau Garriga on double bass, and the Festival’s founding cellist Jim Tennant. The New Zealand String Quartet has long been the resident quartet of the Festival, with two members,…

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Tickets have only been on sale a few hours but we’re already seeing (predictably) great interest in the two cello concerts. Rolf Gjelsten of the New Zealand String Quartet has been encouraging our artistic directors to have a mini festival for many years and now his dreams have come true. He has curated two exciting…

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The Festival features a series of complimentary events for concert goers including a series of ‘Festival Conversations’ led by Elizabeth Kerr. Other free events include ‘Meet The Artist’ sessions hosted by members of the New Zealand String Quartet, masterclasses tutored by our international guests and a kids concert by manager Bob Bickerton.

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The response to our Festival Passes, which went on sale only 7 days ago, has been astounding and we thought we’d let you know that we only have a couple left for sale. We know this will be a disappointment for many concert lovers who are planning to come to the Festival, so we’ve established…

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A gourmet meal, fine wines, a surprise selection from the festival programme, a chance to catch up with old friends… what better way to start your Festival immersion! The popular gala dinner will again be held at Mahana Estates (formerly Woollaston Estates) and will include cameo performances by the New Zealand String Quartet, Goldner Quartet,…

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Festival highlights are really too many to mention here but include Joanne Roughton-Arnold performing in Iris Dreaming, we will have 12 cellists on stage in our mini Cello Festival and Gareth Farr has been commissioned to write a String Octet for the combined Goldner and New Zealand string quartets.

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James Campbell, dear friend and clarinettist supreme, joins us from Canada, Ian Rosenbaum flies from New York and shows us how to fly on a marimba and Dénes Varjon joins us from Hungary to be our principal festival pianist. Read more on our performers page here.

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For the most dedicated chamber music enthusiast we’re again offering a Festival Pass that will give premium seat entry to all festival events (except the Gala Dinner).In addition to enjoying the best seats in the house, Festival Pass holders are offered two very special complimentary and exclusive events. The first is a trip to the…

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2017 Festival Programme Launched We’re thrilled to announce the much anticipated launch of our 2017 Festival Programme! Join us for 10 days of wonderful music making with international artists the Goldner Quartet (Australia), Dénes Varjon (piano, Hungary), Matthew Barley (cello, UK), James Campbell (clarinet, Canada), Ian Rosenbaum (marimba, US), Izabella Simon (piano, Hungary) and Andrew…

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    Here’s a photo of our Festival Pass goers and VIPs with the Song Company at Waimea West. Click on the thumbnail to download a full resolution photograph.

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