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Lara Hall & Rachael Griffiths-Hughes

Friday, 4 Sept, 7:30pm

Tarras Community Church, Church Lane Tarras – Adults $30, Seniors $25, Students $5

Lara Hall, lecturer in violin and viola at the University of Waikato and Concertmaster of Opus Orchestra. Rachael Griffiths-Hughes is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Music at the University of Waikato, where she teaches Music History, Harpsichord and Organ, and Musicianship. The duo presents a programme of Georgian violin music, full of elegance, drama and the spontaneous flair that their performances are known for.

At the heart of the programme are a set of 18th-century English sonatas by Joseph Gibbs. These have recently come to be considered of musicological importance but are as yet relatively unknown to listeners. Technically challenging and musically radical (for their elegant era), the sonatas encompass a great variety of styles, taking the listener on a journey with many entirely unexpected twists and turns. Gibbs’ sonatas are accompanied by pieces by Playford, associated with the English fiddle tradition, and Handel, contrasting this with the fashionable world of London musical circles

PROGRAMME

Georgian England: Country Fiddle to Court

PLAYFORD
“Paul’s Steeple” from The Division Violin

GIBBS
Sonata VI in F major

HANDEL
Sonata in A major, HWV 361

GIBBS
Sonata V in E major

HANDEL
Sonata in D major, HWV 371

—interval—

PLAYFORD
“Faronell’s Division on a Ground” from The Division Violin

GIBBS
Sonata VII in E-flat major

HANDEL
Sonata in G minor, HWV 364a

GIBBS
Sonata in B-flat major

Lara Hall Violin
Rachael Griffiths-Hughes Harpsichord