2014 Colours of Futuna Concert Series

Welcome to the 2014 series of concerts at Futuna Chapel. We hope that you will enjoy some of the special musical treats we have on offer for you this year in your very own boutique venue here in the Futuna community.

This year there will be a total of twelve concerts each approximately 1 hour long, starting at 2:00pm each Sunday afternoon. All tickets cost $10 per concert, and are available on the door (cash only) or from Dash Tickets www.dashtickets.co.nz.

21 September 2014 Geoffrey Coker & friends
Medieval/Renaissance/Baroque repertoire

With Melanie Newfield and Laurie Fleming, Tabea Squire and students of the New Zealand School of Music. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; two bits of Bach; some Purcell and the 14th century Pange Melos (with complimentary parallel seconds!)

28 September 2014 Pepe Becker & Douglas Mews
“The Cares of Lovers” – soprano and virginal

Pepe Becker – soprano, Douglas Mews – virginal

This brief sojourn through late 16th Century to late 17th Century songs of love by English and Italian composers (including two pieces using the other’s language: one in Italian by an English composer, and one in English by an Italian composer) touches upon almost every “care” that a lover may experience…

The pleasing pains of tormented, unrequited and conquering love;
The dismal, mournful anguish of lost, forbidden or dying love;
The all-consuming rage, bitterness or vengeance induced by unreciprocated or unfaithful love;
The sweet innocence of young, pastoral love;
And the passionate desire and impatient eagerness of lustful love…

…to name but a few!

It is said that the language of love is universal, and no doubt the sentiments expressed in these songs are as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago……

5 October 2014 One World, Many Flutes

10604608_693237630757200_1318610962999956542_oWellington’s Native American Flutes with Swami Madhuram (bansuri) and Henare Walmsley (taonga puoro).

A wonderful afternoon of music bringing together flutes from many cultures, featuring Native American Style Flute, Indian Bansuri Flute, Armanian Duduk, Maori Koauau & Puturino. Hear these hand-crafted instruments played by accomplished musicians who tap into their spontaneous creativity to improvise and explore new relationships. Bliss out and enjoy new sounds in the Chapel.

12 October 2014 Jamie Garrick & Cameron Sloan
classic guitar duo

Jamie and Cameron are both recent graduates of NZSM. They will perform a mix of solo and duo music for classical guitar, ranging from the 17th century to the 20th century, from Spain to the States, Eastern Europe to the South Pacific!

19 October 2014 Bernard Wells with Pedro Dali and Noel Clayton
Flute, violin and guitar

With Mark Howell, Jonathan Berkahn, Carol Shortis and Duncan Davidson. The recorder leads ‘An Endless Trace’ of dance music, from Medieval, Renaissance through Middle Eastern/Spanish and the Balkans to Karori.

26 October 2014 Michelle Velvin  & Jennifer Newth
harp recital

VelvinTwo harps play in the sublime acoustic of Futuna Chapel. Jennifer will be performing pieces by Benjamin Britten, Gabriel Fauré and Kenneth Young, and Michelle will perform pieces by Domenico Scarlatti, Pepe Becker and Andy Scott. Together they will perform several Debussy pieces, and Manannan Mac y Lir arranged by Charles Guard for two harps.

2 November 2014 Kamala Bain (recorder) & Rowena Simpson (soprano)Rowena and Kamala 44 edited (1)
“Traveling Spirits” – soprano with recorder

Kamala and Rowena have been working together as a duo since 2011. “Travelling Spirits”, will present a programme of contemporary and old music using programmatic pieces with a lively presentation.


9 November 2014 Gale Force Gospel Choir
presentation of gospel quartets

Wellington’s Gale Force Gospel Choir have presented a number of concerts at Futuna Chapel. They return this year with a programme of quartet and small ensemble pieces, for a slightly more sedate afternoon of gospel classics.

16 November 2014 Dean Major & Robert Ibell
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Three varied and colourful duets for violin and cello are presented in this concert by NZSO musicians Dean Major and Robert Ibell. The lively interplay in Haydn’s Duo for Violin and Cello in D is complemented by warm Romantic sonorities in a selection from Glière’s Eight Duets Opus 39. The maginificent and  Sonata for Violin & Cello by Ravel, dedicated to the memory of Debussy, rounds out the programme.

23 November 2014 Vox Serbicus choir

Vox Serbicus

Vox Serbicus is a New Zealand civic choir specialising in a Serbian a cappella repertoire. It is the only one of its type in New Zealand. Vox Serbicus performs a wide selection of music ranging from an inspirational orthodox sacred repertoire, to rhythmic and fiery folk tunes; all sung a cappella in traditional Slavic style by a blend of voices ranging from beautiful sopranos to deep basses.

30 November 2014 Libero Singers

LiberoLibero Singers have been developing their vocal and harmony skills over the last two years under the guidance of Suryagita Cox. For the Futuna concert this year they are offering a programme of sacred and world songs, some arranged/composed by Suryagita. They will be joined by Dharma Singers, which Suryagita leads. Come and enjoy an afternoon of rich harmonies and and soulful singing!

7 December 2014 Konstanze Artmann and Margaret Guldborg
Violin and cello

Something for everyone in this last concert of the 2014 season. Konstanze Artmann (violin) and Margaret Guldborg (cello) play Mexican Huapangos by Mike Curtis, and duos by Erwin Schulhoff and Arthur Honegger.