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Waimakairiri Community Arts Council present “Hammers & Horsehair – German & Bohemian Music for Soprano, Piano and Cello

October 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

$10 - $30

Hammers & Horsehair – German & Bohemian Music for Soprano, Piano & Cello

Friday 19th October, 7.30pm, Chamber Gallery, Rangiora. Tickets $30 an adult, $10 a student, cash or cheque only please.

Douglas Mews, on Square Piano & Robert Ibell on Cello, have teamed up with soprano Rowena Simpson to bring you a brand new Hammers & Horsehair show.

Come and be delighted and entertained by candlelight, with a spirited performance of music, from Germany, Austria and Bohemia in the first half of the Nineteenth Century, linked together by short readings.


KalivodaThree Songs for Soprano, Piano & Cello Op 91 (11’)

BeethovenSonata in A major Op 69 for Piano & Cello (25’)

Schumann‘Scenes from Childhood’ for Piano Op. 15 (10’)

Schubert‘Suleika No 1′ D720 & ‘Im Haine’ D738 for Soprano & Piano (10’)

Schubert‘Shepherd on the Rock’ D965 for Soprano, Cello & Piano, arr. D. Mews (12’)

The musical pieces will be linked by short readings that reflect the era or the mood of the music, including reflections on the contribution of German musicians to life in New Zealand

About the Artists:

Rowena Simpson grew up in Wellington, Hamilton and London and began her performing career as a cellist, chorister and dancer. She studied singing with German soprano Rosemary Gordon and graduated with degrees in musicology and linguistics from Victoria University before leaving for The Netherlands in 1997, where she studied singing and historical performance practice at the Royal Conservatoire. While based in Europe, she performed with professional chamber ensembles and was a soloist in the baroque and classical repertoires. Since returning to NZ in 2006, Rowena has developed a freelance career in chamber music and opera, performing for many organisations including Chamber Music NZ (Barocca & Tōku Ao), Stroma New Music Ensemble, NZ Barok, CBS Music Trust, Pinchgut Opera (Sydney), Days Bay Opera and as a member of the NZ Opera chorus.


Douglas Mews studied organ and harpsichord with the late Anthony Jennings at Auckland University (New Zealand) followed by harpsichord studies with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. He is now a freelance musician, teaching at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington and directing the music at St Teresa’s Catholic Church. In 2010 he recorded a CD on the Wellington Town Hall 1906 Norman and Beard organ for Priory Records’ ‘Great Australasian Organs’. His most recent CD (released in 2012) is ‘The Lost Chord’, also recorded at the Wellington Town Hall. In these concerts Douglas will perform on a square piano made by Broadwood in 1843.

Robert Ibell was born in Dannevirke and brought up in Palmerston North. While training there as a school teacher he learned cello from Judith Hyatt in Wellington. From 1986 to 1992 Robert lived in London, studying cello with Tania Hunt, Derek Simpson and Christopher Bunting. He played at music schools and in masterclasses (where his teachers included Alexander Baillie, Steve Doane, Anner Bylsma and Steven Isserlis), taught, gave recitals and played in professional and amateur orchestras. Since 1993 Robert has been a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He is also an experienced chamber musician, touring regularly for Chamber Music New Zealand. Formerly the cellist of the Nevine Quartet, Robert has been a member of the Aroha Quartet since 2009. He also plays in contemporary music group Stroma New Music Ensemble and is a Recording Artist for Radio NZ Concert. Robert plays an 18th Century cello by an unknown Italian or German maker, gifted to him by Judith Hyatt.


October 19, 2018
7:30 pm
$10 - $30


Desray Hustler, Promotions Officer, Waimakariri Community Arts Council


Chamber Gallery, Rangiora Library
141 Percival Street
Rangiora, 7400 New Zealand
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