Cathy Irons - violin, Paul Lee - cello, Helen Webby - harp
From a dazzling display of virtuosity to the gentle lilt of a lullaby, from the energetic burst of spring to the quiet contemplation of Noël, Nikau presents an evening of captivating music for harp, violin and cello.
Join Nikau on their musical journey as they guide you through a beautiful baroque trio by Bach to the brilliant Passacaglia duo by Handel-Halvorsen, from the world of French romance by the little known woman composer and harpist, Henriette Renié, to Webby's 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.
Nikau is a trio of outstanding musicians - Helen Webby, Cathy Irons and Paul Lee are all members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, with extensive NZ and international experience. Webby and Irons successfully toured South Island as a duo in 2021 with many requests to return and are delighted to invite Lee to join them this year, to create the Nikau trio.
Nikau is named after the magnificent engraved Nikau palm on Helen's harp, made by her brother, Kim Webby. In gold on the soundboard, is painted a Huia. Nikau supports the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust.
This concert is supported by Creative Communities Southland District.