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Fantastic Classics

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An afternoon of "Fantastic Classics" at St-Matthew-in-the-City, cnr Hobson & Wellesley Streets, Auckland, on Sunday 5th March at 1.45pm. with an awesome lineup of NZ's best classical artists. The concert is being held in support of Kiwanis New Zealand-South Pacific's South Pacific Schools Assistance project. Proceeds will help fund containers of school supplies sent to Vanuatu, Fiji and other islands.

Kiwanis' patron, Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand will be in attendance at the concert as well as other dignitaries.

The concert will showcase some of New Zealand's best classical artists:
Ashley Brown (cellist NZ Trio), In his student years, Ashley won the Young Musicians Competition, National Concerto Competition and Young Achievers Award plus prizes at the Adam International Cello Competition, Gisborne International Music Competition and the ROSL Music Competition in London.
His academic history includes the Master of Music (Canterbury), Artist Diploma (Yale) and Doctor of Musical Arts (Auckland), plus cello lecturer positions at the universities of Waikato, Canterbury and Auckland. He was a member of the Turnovsky Trio and Principal Cellist of the Auckland Philharmonia.
These days, Ashley keeps a busy schedule of solo and ensemble recitals, concertos and recording and enjoys close collaborative relationships with musicians across the spectrum of genres.
He plays the 1762 William Forster “Liberte” cello.

Flavio Villani & The Villani Quartet (piano, viola, violin, cello). The Quartet's inaugural year has already seen the group perform to critical acclaim throughout the North Island in collaboration with Chamber Music New Zealand. The Quartet's programming is as diverse as the group itself, introducing little-known works from well-known composers such as Mahler, to NZ premieres of contemporary gems such as the Vasks Piano Quartet. The Villani Quartet is committed to bringing new and exciting repertoire to the stage.

Michael Bell (organist). Resident organist and composer at St Matthew-in-the-City for many years and Head of Strings at King’s School, Auckland. He has performed with many choirs and orchestras around the North Island including NZ Opera Chorus and Bach Musica. He has a passion for the music of J.S. Bach and improvises with his own blend of Classical and Baroque elements. In 2013 St Matthew-in-the-City premiered his “Puriri Mass”, Bell’s second mass written to expose the recently installed Henry Willis organ. In 2014 the Kings School Chapel Choir sang his anthem “For the Music of Creation” at the Kids’ Sing Competition. Bell has almost completed his collection of twenty four preludes and fugues for keyboard and a violin concerto.

Jan-Maree Baughan (soprano soloist) is new to the North Shore from Canterbury. She enjoys performing music from classical and contemporary repertoire. She completed her LTCL in voice gaining a distinction in 2007 and has worked with several choirs in Christchurch and on the North Shore. She has been Soprano/Mezzo soloist with the Jubilate Singers “Southern Landscapes” Cd launch". Since moving to Auckland she has worked with the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus, NBR New Zealand Opera, also as soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah in 2011, Geoffrey Bush’s Christmas Cantata 2013 with the North shore Chorale, Christmas In Song Hibiscus Coast singers and Mitre 10 Christmas in the Park Ashburton in 2014.

Jan-Maree is sought after as a solo performer for choirs, social and corporate events. As well as teaching her private students, she is the Vocal Tutor for “Bays School of dance” and is the Female Vocalist for "The Kilmarnock Edition".
Manase Latu & The Shades (an up and coming quartet of Tongan and Samoan voices, with a wide repertoire of classical, musical theatre, gospel, & popular music.

Parking is available adjacent to the church (Wilson’s carpark) & other nearby CBD carparks.

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