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January 2019

Scenes from the original

Oliver Twist

as written and read aloud by Charles Dickens

A selection of readings from Dickens's moving tale showing how the so-called Oliver Twist escapes a life of poverty and crime. The grimness and hypocrisy of nineteenth century London and its nearly fatal effect on a lost young orphan is relieved by a curious set of circumstances and coincidences. In spite of an almost overwhelmingly bleak picture, unhoped for and unexpected human kindness saves the day. A case of "Who do you think you are?“

Read  by

Margaret Copland, well known for her

solo dramatic monologues and readings

& Don McAra a former educational drama teacher ,director and  actor, before becoming a full time professional visual artist.

Favourite works for

Viola & Violin

Philippa Lodge

Piano Veronica van der Knaap

Works by Janáček, Wagner, Schubert, Schumann and others

February 2019

15 Annual Art Event

works by:

Angela    Newport

Brad    Howlett

Christine    King

Don    McAra

Janie   Porter

Judy    Rogers

Vicky   Knudsen

Maureen   McCann

Ruth    Killoran

Ruth    Reid

Svetlana   Orinko

Caroline Norman

Plays Hindemith Der Schwanendreher

and Schumann Märchenbilder

March 2019

West Melton Native Plants Projects 2019 Meeting

Andrew Spanton-  Selwyn District Council     

- Native biodiversity protection and management in the District.

- Biodiversity loss in Selwyn.

- Native planting sites and associated funding options and advice.                 

Dr Melanie Davidson Scientist at- Plant & Food Research Ltd

-Pest and beneficial insects in native plants project

Followed by  afternoon tea and a guided tour to a near native plants project site

Vienna & Paris

Music for cello and piano from two of the great European capitals, including works by Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, and Debussy

Francis Yapp- Cello & Tenor Violin     

Carolyn Johnson-Piano

April 2019

Jake Church –

Flavours of the Guitar

This concert features “Nekojita”, a new set of educational études (studies) by Auckland composer Alex Taylor (in collaboration with Jake) to introduce and develop the perception of contemporary experimental guitar repertoire in New Zealand

Theo Moolenaar Tenor and Marco Taiaroa

Theo Moolenaar  Tenor

Presenting a broad range of composers, languages and historical periods,

Theo brings to life a diverse repertoire of music written for the tenor voice.

Also featuring

Marco Taiaroa a selection of singing  duets accompanied by Marco’s  guitar playing .

May 2019

Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust Fundraiser  Piano Recital


Veronica van der Knaap

Jonathan Tanner & Anna Maksymova

Jonathan Tanner & Anna Maksymova performing works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, and Sarasate.

Jonathan Tanner (Violin)

Anna Maksymova (Piano)

June 2019

Rangi Ruru Girls’ School 2019

Featuring  Ensembles

Music of the Soviet Union.

Natalia Chernousova Flute

Valeriy Maksimov Violin

Anna Maksimova Piano

Soviet Union composers

July 2019

Hagley Collage

The 2019 School Ensembles

August 2019

Anthony Ferner  of the CSO

On flute with  a group of friends

Light Classical afternoon

ALL proceeds  to Blind Found’ Guide Dog Training .

Music for voice, strings and piano Ken (Baritone),  Louisa (Mezzo Sop ), Rebecca (Cello), Cornelia (Violin), Philippa (Viola) Veronica and Alice  (Piano).

Christchurch School of Music 2019

The Organic Jazz Band (Trio)

Performing numbers from jazz standards with a twist. Favourite tunes from Duke Ellington, Monk and Gershwin Music

September 2019

The Ferner’s

Selected Students

Flute Students in a concert

Elizabeth Braggins

Original versions of well known songs are an eclectic mix of genres highlighting her classical, jazz, pop and rock backgrounds

October 2019

Graham Wardrop

Acoustic Guitar entertainment at its best

November  2019

Music & Letters

from the Time of Mozart

Rebecca Robinson, Flute,

Julie Link, Bassoon,

Carlo Ballara, Violin,

Anne Robinson, Viola ,

Francis Yapp,Cello

Maggie Ma Selected Cello  Students 2019

The River City Jazzmen

Authentic Dixieland jazz at its best!!

Based in Christchurch, this six-piece band

December 2019

Christmas Celebration  With a Celtic  Spirit

Tessa White  Violin & Mandolin Jonathan Le Cocq Guitar

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