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When:

Thu 2 Mar 2017, 7:30pm

Where: The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh Street , Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $45.00 ($42.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Full Time Student: $17.25 ($16.25 + $1.00 fees)
  • General Admission - Door sales: $40.00
  • Full Time Student - Door sales: $15.00
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Sweet Chance: a recital of songs about nature, sky and seasons, ranging from the sublime to the humorous.

Morag Atchison (soprano), Catrin Johnsson (mezzo soprano) and Rachel Fuller (piano).

Presented by Christopher’s Classics Series XXII programme – 2017.

Morag, Catrin, and Rachel studied together at the Royal Academy of Music in London. All three have performed as soloists both internationally and in New Zealand and relish performing recital repertoire together.

Their Christopher’s Classics programme revels in nature, the countryside, the love for land, sky and seasons and ranges from the sublime to the humorous. Sample songs include Lilburn – Three Songs; Brahms – Four Duets for soprano, alto, and piano from Op.61; Grieg – from Haugtussa, Op 67; Greer – four songs from A Sarah Binks Songbook (The Sweet Songstress of Saskatchewan); and Schoenberg- Brettl-Lieder (Cabaret Songs).

Morag Atchison -

Morag Atchison is one of New Zealand’s leading sopranos. She studied at the University of Auckland and the Royal Academy of Music (London) and was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Over-Seas League Competitions. In opera, she has sung roles with NZ Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Unleashed, NZSO, APO, and Aspen Festival Opera. She has performed internationally in the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, Australia, Kenya, and Seychelles. She is a frequent soloist with NZ’s major choral societies and is regularly heard on Radio NZ in concert and recital.

This year Morag’s engagements include performances with Auckland Choral, Voices NZ Chamber Choir, the Karheinz Company, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the University of Auckland. As well, she will also be presenting at the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona and the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm. Morag holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts, is a lecturer in voice at the University of Auckland, and is a vocal tutor for the NZ Youth Choir.

Catrin Johnsson -

Catrin Johnsson was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal University College of Music, Stockholm and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Awards include the Christina Nilsson Award, Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, Flora Nielsen Prize, Michael Head Prize, Katie Thomas Prize, and the Minnie Hauk Prize. Her operatic roles include the title role in The Duchess of Malfi for English National Opera, Medoro in Handel’s Orlando for the Åmot Opera Festival in Norway, and various roles for Opera Holland Park and the London Handel Festival.

Catrin made her debut for NZ Opera in their 2016 production of The Magic Flute as Second Lady. In concert, she has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, and St John's, Smith Square in London. Catrin is a Performance Teacher in Voice at the University of Auckland, is a vocal consultant for Voices NZ Chamber Choir and has recently been appointed as co-director of the IFAC Handa New Zealand Singing School with Rachel Fuller and Judy Bellingham.

Rachel Fuller -

Rachel Fuller studied at the University of Canterbury with Diedre Irons and went on to gain her Masters in Piano Accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music. As an experienced vocal accompanist, répétiteur and coach, Rachel has worked at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as Opera Kristiansund and Opera Nordfjord in Norway, and with British opera companies including Diva Opera, Opera Della Luna, and London Opera Players. She has accompanied some of the world’s finest singers, including tenor Keith Lewis.

She has been a regular accompanist for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and is currently vocal coach for their Young Artist Programme. Rachel is an accompanist for the IFAC Handa New Zealand Singing School, where she has recently been appointed as co-director with Catrin Johnsson and Judy Bellingham. Rachel is also a highly sought after chamber musician and recently collaborated with cellist Ramón Jaffé, violinist Leo Phillips and cellist Edith Salzmann.

Christopher’s Classics -
The Christopher’s Classics programme, founded by Christopher Marshall, features six concerts a year and showcases some of New Zealand’s finest musicians.

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