March 2018 Recital
On 23 March this year I returned to Wellington Cathedral to play in their TGIF series. This year I played Bach’s 3rd Solo Suite (BWV1009) in C major. It was great, also, to work with Michael Stewart, the Cathedral’s Director of Music, who played continuo for two Sonatas by Geminiani (the D minor Sonata from Op. 5) and Alborea (Sonata in C major).
February 2017 Recital
In my first solo performance in Wellington for well over 10 years, I had the opportunity to play in the TGIF series at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. I played two Bach solo Suites, No. 2 in D minor and No. 1 in G major. The Cathedral provides interesting acoustic challenges (and opportunities). Last time I played in a lunchtime concert there (in 2004) we played between the choir stalls, which was slightly more intimate. Now, with that part of the Cathedral out of action – following the November 2016 earthquake that had a disastrous impact on the Cathedral’s main organ – concerts take place in the nave. In this larger space, one feels very small, and it is harder to gauge how things are sounding. However, other experiences playing/recording in the Cathedral in early 2016 gave me some reassurance. The recital went well, and it was especially good to have some other baroque specialists there – Katrin Eickhorst, Francis Yapp, and Imogen Granwal.
At Victoria University I studied violin as a performance major with Ursula Evans and Kim Jin. I also took cello lessons from David Chickering, and later baroque cello with Katrin Eickhorst-Squire. For several years I was a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. At Oxford I studied baroque cello with Jonathan Manson and had additional coaching from members of Phantasm and the Allegri and Endellion String Quartets. I presented a talk and performance on the Jay Cello – a beautiful eighteenth-century English instrument – in the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, part of which was broadcast on BBC Oxford.
I have played concerts and recitals in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Roehampton University, Christ Church Cathedral and the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, including solo recitals in the college chapels of Pembroke, Brasnose, Harris Manchester, and New College. I’ve also performed as a cellist with Solomon’s Knot Baroque Collective, the choirs of Balliol, Hertford, Lincoln, St Peter’s, and the Queen’s College, Belsize Baroque and Linden Baroque as well as with the Wyckham Singers and the Blenheim Singers.
Since 2012 it has been a great pleasure to perform as a guest musician with the award-winning show Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel, including shows at the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2012, 2013 and 2014, in the Udderbelly on the Southbank, at Isle of Wight Arts, and for sections of their 2014, 2015, and 2016 UK tours.
As a violinist I have also recently been enjoying playing for choral societies and providing background entertainment at events. I have played regularly at the University Church in Oxford, often during the choir’s summer vacation, or at Christmas services.
Since January 2016 I have been based in Wellington, New Zealand, where I have already had some exciting musical experiences. Currently I am collaborating with the wonderful soprano, Lisette Wesseling, and organist Richard Apperley on a CD for the Organism label. The music for this album includes pieces for voice and instruments by Buxtehude and Schuetz. On Good Friday I performed with the Tudor Consort, directed by Peter Walls, in a performance of Schuetz’s Musikalisches Exequien at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. I am looking forward to working more with New Zealand colleagues old and new over the next year.