Event Details

Les Voisins

Les Voisins

When: 7.30 pm20 April 2023

Where: Lake Wanaka Centre

Genre: Classical

Duration: 80 minutes

A journey into French music through the ages: from the intensely emotional world of Baroque, including   New Zealand composer Alex Taylor’s own response, through to the vibrant colours of Ravel’s impressionism, and into the irresistible swing of guitarist Django Reinhardt and the grandfather of jazz violin, Stéphane Grappelli, with the Hot Club de France.     


    Justine Cormack, violin  James Bush, cello  Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo and guitars     


Les Voisins (Neighbours) is a coming together of worlds, neighbours, and friends. Violinist Justine Cormack and cellist James Bush grew up next door to each other in Christchurch and have remained close friends throughout their diverse careers: Justine nurturing and promoting the best of New Zealand music through her performances with NZTrio, James pursuing the freedom and energy of Baroque performance practice with many of Europe’s top groups. While performing, they met Australian lutenist and guitarist Simon Martyn-Ellis, a sought-after theorbist who exudes musicality, warmth, and positivity.   


  Robert de Visée, Prélude and Passacaille in D minor (solo theorbo)    Jean-Marie Leclair Sonata for Violin and Continuo, 0-2, No 1 in E minor  l Adagio  ll Allegro ma poco  lll Sarabanda  lV Allegro    Robert de Visée Prelude and Allemande, La Plainte, ou Tombeau de Mesdemoiselles de Visee, Filles de l'auteur from Suite in C minor (solo theorbo)    Marin Marais Sonnerie de Ste Geneviève   du Mont-de-Paris  Alex Taylor Ordre   

– Interval – 

  Maurice Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello  D minor (solo theorbo)  I. Allégro   II. Très vif   lll. Lent  V. Vif, avec entrain    Django Reinhardt Nuages, Sweet Georgie Brown, Minor Swing         


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Les Voisins (Neighbours) is a coming together of worlds, neighbours, and friends.