Colours of Futuna Concert Series 2024

Our favourite time of year is coming up – the Colours of Futuna Concert series, where we highlight some amazing New Zealand musicians.  The series runs each Sunday from April to June at 2pm.
$10 on the door, or book on Everbrite – BOOKINGS NOW OPEN HERE.

7 April 2024  – Deborah Wai Kapohe: Serenades

Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki and Ngāti Rua (Te Whakatōhea). Born in Southland, Deborah has performed in operas, musical theatre, contemporary Māori music, arts festivals, proms, concerts, recitals, self-accompanied guitar and voice recitals, and special events throughout New Zealand and Australia, as well as in the UK, Asia Pacific Region, and South Africa. See her website here.  

14 April 2024 – Klezmer Rebs

Formed in 2002, the Klezmer Rebs pump out lively klezmer music with Eastern European Jewish-Yiddish roots. They will entertain with authentic folk tunes from the ‘old country’ along with an eclectic mix of story songs, wedding dances, 1940s swing and quirky originals. Dance, cry and shake your ‘tuchas’, and get home in time for your afternoon nap! See their website here.

21 April – Hala Aotearoa

Join us for an afternoon of intimate music and poetry with performances from Tusekah (soul); Emma Sidnam (poet); Juliette D’anna (singer). Hala Aotearoa organises music and art events, with 100% of the revenue going to the artists and charitable community organisations. They curate magical events in unusual places, a space to witness, connect and chat with incredible artists, make friends and create unforgettable memories. 

28 April – Gary Wilby: Cello – Reflections, Miniatures and Soundscapes

Composer, pianist and cellist Gary Wilby will present a concert of works which reflect parts of his life. While they may not overtly state this, each work had, has or acquired a story, a memory, a place. They are not grand statements nor are they monumental – they are miniatures and more intimate. They are performed on piano along with electro-acoustic works and soundscapes. A few of the works are by others. With the exception of the inclusion of a small piece by J S Bach, these works come from when Gary was a student at the University of Canterbury in the musically exciting 1970’s through until this year. Some came from the time when he held the position of Composer in Schools. These small brief passing footprints are part of the journey of one. From their presentation in this performance today of a few sounds and a few ideas we can hear, contemplate, remember and forget. This will be Gary’s first performance at Futuna. 

5 May 2024 – Riki Pirihi and Alistair Fraser: Taonga pūoro, modular synths and percussion 
Riki Pirihi and Alistair Fraser move towards a post-genre musical form where percussion, modular synths and ngā taonga pūoro are able to communicate their rangi, in a musical space that pushes experimentation, and expression of belonging to a part of something deeper and wider than ourselves. With the weaving together of Alistair’s ngā taonga pūoro to provide sonic ties to the sound world of te ao tawhito, this duo combines percussion with the ancestral in a way that allows the music to reveal what has been hidden for so long. Listen to one of their performances here.

12 May 2024 – String Quartets: Fisher, Mendelssohn and Montgomery

Julia Broom – violin; Christine Wang – violin; Eli Vincent – viola; Eleanor Carter – cello.
These talented musicians will play three pieces: Heal for string quartet by Salina Fisher, Strum for string quartet/quintet, by Jessie Montgomery, and String Quartet in E flat major by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel.  

19 May 2024 – Solo Harp: Michelle Velvin

Michelle Velvin is a Wellington based harpist, composer and teacher. She performs regularly as part of Orchestra Wellington and the NZSO and she is involved with diverse chamber music groups. In this concert, Michelle will be performing a solo harp concert centered on NZ music, including new music by James Middleton, Autumn Arabesque by Kenneth Young and her new solo harp work, The Paekākāriki Blues. See her website here. 

26 May 2024 – WOSOSI: Unaccompanied choir

WOSOSI – World Song Singers – is a small dynamic a cappella choir that brings the world’s rich singing traditions to you. Their repertoire ranges widely, from quiet longing for homeland, through the delicate beauty of a song of peace, to celebrating the joy of independence won, or the despair of loved ones lost. See their website here.

2 June 2024 – The Lilburn Residence Trust: A viola recital of pieces written by Elliot Vaughan and friends. 

Elliot Vaughan is a composer-performer based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. He is the 2024 CNZ/NZSM Composer-in-Residence. He makes exploratory concerts, composed theatre, pop songs, performance art, and contributes to collaborative projects. He holds composition degrees from SFU (Vancouver) and Te Kōkī—NZSM. He plays with Moth Quartet and Eigenface. See his website here.

9 June 2024 – Baroque Voices

June 2024 marks Baroque Voice’s 30-year anniversary. This will be a concert to celebrate their variety of repertoire, old and new. The programme, entitled, ‘The Choicest Songs’, includes works of Purcell solos and duets for sop & bass, with continuo (Robert Oliver on bass viol and Douglas Mews on virginalls) as well as a few earlier Renaissance pieces and some modern compositions, including premieres of two short works of Pepe Becker written earlier this year. Check out their website here.

The Colours of Futuna Concert Series is kindly sponsored by Wellington City Council.
Tickets are $10 on the door, or book on Everbrite – bookings open here
The Concert Series artistic director is Futuna Chapel Trustee, Dr Simon McLellan.