Named after the magnificent carved palm on Helen Webby’s harp, with its golden huia on the soundboard, Nikau brings to life the glittering magical world of harp and strings. In this mesmerizing performance, the trio will take you on a journey from baroque, fantasy and romance to the pulsating Latin rhythms of the tango and beyond.
Nikau will perform a wide range of music from a Bach baroque trio to Handel-Halvorsen's brilliant Passacaglia, from the world of French romance by the little known woman composer and harpist, Henriette Renié, to their own arrangement of Debussy's timeless Claire de Lune, to arrive at a pulsating tango of Piazzolla's Argentina via the hypnotic haze of Irons' Dreamland. With nature featuring strongly in this ensemble's ethos, the trio are delighted to include Anthony Ritchie's evocative Whales from his Violin Suite.
Nikau is a trio of outstanding musicians. Helen Webby (harp), Cathy Irons (violin) and Paul Lee (cello) are all members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, with extensive NZ and international experience. Webby and Irons successfully toured the South Island as a duo in 2021, with many requests to return, and are delighted to invite Lee to join them on tour this year, to create the Nikau trio.
Principal Harp in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Helen Webby is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished harpists. Her solo CD Pluck was nominated for Best Classical CD in the NZ Music Awards. Violinist Cathy Irons’ mastery of her instrument has been described as ‘jaw-dropping’ by The Guardian newspaper. Cathy records regularly with international artists. Cellist Paul Lee is a recent graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.