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Neild Trio Concert

Neild Trio Concert

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  • Sun 26 Feb ’17, 2:30pm – 4:00pm


Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission by donation: $5.00

The popular Globe Theatre Sunday Matinee series of concerts resumes.

The series was for many years run from the Te Manawa Art Gallery transferred to the newly refurbished Globe Theatre. It's colourful mixture of some of the best concert musicians from the Manawatu and beyond has proved to be very popular and audiences have continued to grow. One factor has been that the culture of the series has been one of admission by donation.

The shift to a commercial venue with commercial rates has required some careful negotiation to retain the culture. The series was last year fortunate in receiving a significant grant from the Molly Atkinson Trust towards addressing the new costs of running the 2017 series. However, the series organiser, Guy Donaldson, now requests that audience donations, where possible, be a minimum of five dollars to cover the balance of costs of the series including some reimbursement to the performers.

The first concert of the 2017 series will be given by a talented family trio based in Palmerston North. Diana Neild has played flute for many decades and enjoys playing chamber music with the family and others. She plays in Trio Bella, in functions band Moxy, and with harpist Anne-Gaëlle Ausseil. She is a member of Musica Viva and is a keen advocate of live music. Diana is also the author of the Piggity-Wiggity series of children’s books.

Sylvia Neild is currently studying for a bachelor of performance viola at Waikato University with Lara Hall. She began learning violin in Palmerston North with Marise McNeill, and viola with Pamela Dowsett. She has been a member of the New Zealand Youth Orchestra and last year was part of the winning group at the Waikato University Chamber Music competitions.

Pianist David Neild began learning piano from Judith Donaldson and Angie Cook in Palmerston North. He studied for a bachelor of performance piano at the New Zealand School of Music with Richard Mapp. Following his music degree David studied law, and for the last four years has been a solicitor with Gascoigne Wicks in Blenheim.

Their programme of music for flute, violin, viola and piano is a very colourful one with all sorts of surprises. The earliest piece is by one of the sons of the great J S Bach who influenced the musical styles of Mozart and Haydn. Two composers associated mainly with choral music - Frenchman Maurice Duruflé and English composer John Rutter are here heard in the unfamiliar roles of composers of chamber music.

Two writers of film music, another French composer Jacques Ibert and Italian composer Nino Rota are also featured in the concert. Nino Rota will be familiar as the composer of music to the Godfather and Zefferelli’s Romeo and Juliet.

New Zealand music is also represented by the composer in part of a 1952 piece “Salutes to Seven Poets.” The piece came into being as a commission from New Zealand poet Allen Curnow for a poetry reading in 1952 in which seven poets read several of their own works. The performance features spoken voice as well as viola and piano in a work that supports the poems with tuneful and apt music.

Admission by donation (recommended minimum $5).

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