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Affetto: A Play Upon Words


Fri 27 Feb 2015, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Sat 28 Feb 2015, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Under 18: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Peter Reid

With the birth of Baroque Opera came a dramatic shift in the way music and words worked together and as the phenomenon spread, English composers John Blow, Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke and Robert Jones experimented with this new style.  The texts and musical settings from this era often contain hidden messages, making for lively, poignant and sophisticated music. This is a programme full of humour and double entendre, and is presented as part of the Auckland Fringe.

The Italian word ‘affetto’ means mood, emotion or affect, and is both the name and the game! Affetto seeks to take the audience on a sonic journey from plaintive to passionate, serene to sensational. Affetto is an award-winning Early Music ensemble, based in New Zealand, comprising five leading exponents.  The combination of Soprano, Harpsichord, Cornetto, Viola da Gamba and Theorbo provides an engaging range of sound colours. Formed in 2010, the group has quickly become known for innovative and uplifting programming, beauty of sound, and for bringing forgotten music to life in new ways. Affetto has participated in the Auckland Fringe Festival twice, both times winning the award for “Best Musical Production”. 

Jayne Tankersley—Soprano
Rachael Griffiths-Hughes—Harpsichord, Organ
Philip Griffin—Theorbo, Baroque Guitar
Polly Sussex—Viola da Gamba, Baroque Cello
Peter Reid—Cornetto, Baroque Trumpet

2014 was a busy year for Affetto. Firstly, the arrival of the much anticipated theorbo, made by Jason Petty and paid for by generous supporters, and secondly, the exciting collaboration with Renaissance dance ensemble Capriol. Both of these events have expanded the musical language of the group. The player of the new Theorbo? None other than the musical chameleon, Philip Griffin, a minstrel who plays many different plucked string instruments. He brings a high level of musicianship and rhythmic spice playing the most spectacular of instruments: at 1.6m long it is the giraffe of the baroque band, with 8 superlong fretless strings playing big bass notes and the higher 6 fretted strings comprising the 'lute' part of the instrument playing both chords and melody.

"...this was true ensemble performance characterised by balance and warmth of tone and a virtuosity which comes from a passion for and an appreciation of music which is rarely heard - the music or the passion" - Waikato Times.

"Affetto doesn’t just give us an academic glimpse into a bygone era. Affetto transports us there, to celebrate the lives, loves, joys and torments of those who populated that place in time – men and women just like us. They step out of history into our hearts and minds. Here is early music-making at its very best - impeccable musicianship, inspired interpretation and innovative programming" - Palmerston North Tribune.

''Affetto perform with an expertise, a playfulness and joy that can only come from the deepest love of what they do'' - Theatreview.

3 immediate Auckland performances - 2 in Ponsonby, 1 in Oratia. Then the group are touring NZ in association with Chamber Music NZ in July and Sept 2015: Whakatane, Rotorua, Hutt Valley, Blenheim, Motueka, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Auckland, Warkworth, Tauranga. See the Affetto and CMNZ websites.

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