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Wilma and Friends


Sun 24 Sep 2017, 2:30pm

Where: Waikanae Memorial Hall, 7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $35.00
  • WMS Members: $25.00
  • Students under 25: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Wilma Smith and Friends in Waikanae

Beethoven: Piano Quartet in Eb
Andrew Leathwick: Piano Quartet No 1 (Premiere)
Dvořák: Piano Quartet Op 87

Violinist Wilma Smith, one of New Zealand’s best-known and best-loved musicians, will perform in Waikanae on 24 September with her piano quartet called “Wilma and Friends”. Wilma was the founding leader of the New Zealand String Quartet, before spending several years as the high-profile Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Later she became Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and now teaches at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Wilma loves to gather together groups of musicians to play chamber music, and this group includes one of Australia’s most renowned viola players, Caroline Henbest, plus two young New Zealanders who have been studying and working in Australia, cellist Alexandra Partridge and pianist Andrew Leathwick. Both are of particular interest to the Waikanae Music Society as former winners of grants from the Society’s Trust for Young Musicians, also, Alexandra grew up on the Kapiti Coast.

The Waikanae concert is part of a New Zealand-wide Chamber Music New Zealand tour which will take the ensemble to 12 centres from Wanaka to Whangerei. The group will be performing some popular masterworks from the piano quartet repertoire by Beethoven and Dvořák. Also on the programme will be a new quartet by the group’s pianist Andrew Leathwick. As well as being a highly accomplished pianist, Andrew is a successful composer. His quartet was commissioned for the ensemble’s current New Zealand tour who describes Andrew’s style as “original, accessible and appealing”. - Wilma Smith

Door sales will be available or tickets can be bought at Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach or at Lush Design Gallery in Raumati. Enquiries are welcome on 04 905 6070 or visit for more information.