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James Tibbles: New Clavichord Premiere Recital


Sun 10 Aug 2014, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


James Tibbles is one of New Zealand’s leading players of historic keyboards and a key figure in New Zealand’s early music scene. Head of the Early Music Department in the School of Music, James will present works by Böhm, Bach, Türk and Haydn played on the School of Music’s new clavichord kindly donated by Anna Nathan.

James Tibbles is Head of the Early Music Department in the School of Music, Artistic Director of Age of Discovery, and a member of the baroque chamber ensemble Extempore. James holds a B.Mus (Perf) and MMus in Organ and Harpsichord from the University of Auckland. Subsequent to studying in New Zealand he undertook postgraduate study at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague, as well as pursuing studies in historic organ and fortepiano.

Formerly Director of Music at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral, he is now Organist & Director of Music at St Patrick's Cathedral, as well as Assistant Music Director of New Zealand Choir. James established the vocal ensemble Voices of Age of Discovery in 2011; the group is rapidly gaining a reputation for its outstanding performances of Renaissance polyphony.

James has an extensive discography, including recordings of English organ music on the 1779 Avery organ in Ponsonby, Auckland, Bach harpsichord works on the University of Auckland's Zell copy, North German Organ Music, on the Ahrend organ at Melbourne's Monash University, and the complete F. Couperin organ masses, on the 17th century organ at Rozay-en-Brie, France.

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