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Matthew Marshall and Joanne Heslop

Matthew Marshall and Joanne Heslop

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  • Sat 11 Jun ’16, 7:30pm


Hohepa Hall , 23 Barrington Street, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Doorsales: $33.00

A concert of classical guitar and singing by New Zealand artists guitarist Matthew Marshall and soprano Joanna Heslop. The concert features New Zealand composers: Douglas Lilburn's "Sings Harry", John Psathas "Muisca" and Gillian Whitehead "Aria" from Outrageous Fortune, plus some favourite guitar pieces. This is a rare chance to hear two top performers live.

If you enjoy classical guitar we have three concerts this year: 11 June Matthew Marshall and Joanne Heslop; 10 September Jane Curry and Marek Pasieczny (New Zealand and Polish guitarists); 19 November Bruce Paine (New Zealand guitarist and composer). Phone/text Alan on 0211047594 for our subscription ticket for $60.

Matthew Marshall, guitarist
Enjoying diverse interests and a varied career as an award winning musician, academic leader and festival director (and keen auto restorer!), Matthew was born into an artistic family and began learning guitar at age 6 at the suggestion of his father.

Following his success in the 1988 TVNZ Young Musician of the Year Competition and the 1990 Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, Matthew returned to New Zealand to establish a performing and teaching career that has since taken him around the world. Tours with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra followed along with solo and chamber music tours, recordings for radio, TV and commercial labels as well as master classes and teaching in New Zealand and overseas.

Matthew studied guitar in England, New Zealand and USA with John Mills, Gordon Crosskey, David Leisner and William Bower and has since balanced a busy performing and recording career alongside an award-winning teaching and academic leadership career. He commenced teaching at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music in 1991, succeeding the influential guitar pedagogue Ronald Burt as lecturer in guitar. He was subsequently appointed Head of the Conservatorium in 1996 and later went on to lead the Conservatorium in its merger with Massey University in 1999 and then during the formation of the New Zealand School of Music in 2006. He was then appointed Director of Music at Dartington College of Arts UK which ignited a long-held interest in multidisciplinary arts and alternative approaches to arts practice.

Matthew is currently Professor of Music at Southern Cross University Australia where he teaches music theory and guitar ensemble and oversees Honours programmes in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Joanna Heslop has enjoyed a professional singing career for more than 15 years, during which time she has performed over 20 principal operatic roles and a similar number of major concert works. She has been the subject of several television documentaries and sung with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra and Wellington Sinfonia. Joanna was an Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera in 2000-2001 and a Soloist of the Academy of Young Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia 2004-2007.

Joanna's most high-profile performances were as the soloist at HM The Queen's Royal Jubilee Edinburgh Tattoo in August 2002, with a global television audience of over 100 million viewers and platinum recording sales. Joanna has given acclaimed art song recitals in New Zealand and Australia, including a performance of Russian romances with Elaine Loebenstein for ABC Classic FM in Australia.

Joanna was a finalist in the 2005 Lexus Song Quest and holds the 2009 Prime Minister's Prize for Strategic Studies, as well as postgraduate degrees in Music and English Literature. Joanna also balances her musical career alongside a career as a diplomat in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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