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The Archipelago Consort


Sun 19 Apr 2009, 2:00pm–3:30pm

Where: St Lukes Church, 130 Remuera Rd, Remuera, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Student: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Peter Reid

The Archipelago Consort brings to life music from a bygone era, playing original instruments with a fresh approach. Much of the finest music published during the early baroque era was from the great Venetian archipelago – now brought across the seas to the islands of New Zealand by The Archipelago Consort.
Peter Reid – Cornetto
Jessica Shaw – Recorders
Robert Oliver – Viola da Gamba
Rachael Griffiths-Hughes – Harpsichord/ Organ

The concert will feature hidden pearls from this early Baroque era - the expressive, the virtuosic, the sensuous - music by composers Girolamo Frescobaldi, Giovanni Battista Riccio, Maurizio Cazzati, Dario Castello, Giovanni Paolo Cima and a really fun set of variations on the Bergamasca progression by Marco Uccellini. Plus a little bit of Spain with Diego Ortiz. And some English in the programme with an original treatment of Greensleeves and a remarkable solo for gamba by the soldier/ musician Tobias Hume.

Jessica has an active career as a professional recorder player and teacher. She first studied at Auckland University for a Masters degree, before studying recorder at Rotterdam and the Hague. She was in the same year and Northcote College music classes last century with both Peter and Rachael's husband Martin!

Rachael teaches at the Waikato University and is the Director of Music at St Peter's Cathedral in Hamilton. She has a Masters in harpsichord and organ performance from Auckland University and a Doctorate from the State University of New York in Stony Brook.

Robert plays viol da gamba and joins The Archipelago Consort for the first time. Director of Music at St Mary of the Angels in Wellington, he travels to Auckland for Handel's La Resurrezione with the Handel Consort & Quire the night before: The gamba is the bass instrument of the viol family - it has 6 or 7 strings over a fretted neck. Robert will by turns provide the bassline for the ensemble, play melody and ornamentation right up into the alto register, along with the ability to play chords.

Peter first took up the cornetto when he was studying trumpet at the Trinity College of Music in London. He now lives in Auckland. Last year was a busy one for his cornetto with a tour around New Zealand for Chamber Music NZ, playing solo before the King of Tonga for a Coronation concert in Nuku-alofa, and concerts with the Age of Discovery

The cornetto is an instrument rarely heard on these isles - the tone is woody but pure, and can be shaped most expressively. The cornetto was much favoured in its heyday (1500-1650) for its ability to emulate and blend with the human voice: Mersenne wrote about the sound in 1635 "It seems like the brilliance of a shaft of sunlight appearing in the shadow or in darkness, when one hears it among the voices in cathedrals or in chapels". The Otago Daily Times in 2008 "a haunting sound that was delicious in its solo" while the Nelson Mail said "The most pleasureable sound for me was the cornetto. This is a long, thin wooden instrument, bound in leather, with a trumpet reed. Peter Reid played it with a superb, controlled legato that would rival Wynton Marsalis for richness of tone and apparent effortlessness."

If you fancy a taste of this or all of the above, see you at the beautiful stone church on Sunday April 19th!

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