Event Details

Les Voisins

Les Voisins

When: 7.30pm Sunday, August 1, 2021

Where: Lake Wanaka Centre

Genre: Classical

Duration: 100 minutes

A classical trio of violin, cello and theorbo/guitars, traversing the music of France. From the tender kernel of the French Baroque, through the vibrant colours of impressionism, and into the swinging jazz Hot Club de France — with a New Zealand composer’s own response — the music of France throughout the centuries has always been an emotional language of tenderness, colour and verve.

Les Voisins (translated, 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 baroque groups. While performing with James, Justine met the Australian lutenist and guitarist Simon Martyn-Ellis—a sought-after theorbists who exudes musicality, warmth and positivity.

This journey begins with the theorbo alone on stage. The music then unfolds as the violin and cello join to explore layers of the rich and intensely emotional world of the French baroque. This world will be New Zealand composer Alex Taylor’s source of inspiration for a new work - adding a fresh and quirky perspective.

Maurice Ravel’s unique voice is gloriously expressed in his sonata for violin and cello, opening the door into the colour and vitality of French impressionism. This leads effortlessly to the Hot Club de France, offering a tribute to the irresistible swing of guitarist Django Reinhardt and the grandfather of jazz violin, Stephane Grappelli.


Justine Cormack (violin)

James Bush (cello)

Simon Martyn-Ellis (theorbo & guitars)


ROBERT DE VISÉE | Chaconne in G Major (Solo Theorbo)

JEAN MARIE LECLAIR | Sonata for Violin and Continuo, Op. 2, No. 1 in E minor

ROBERT DE VISÉE | Prelude/Les Silvains des Mr. Couperin (Solo Theorbo)

MARIN MARAIS | Sonnerie de Ste. Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris

ALEX TAYLOR | Ordre (new commission; Violin, Cello and Theorbo)

MAURICE RAVEL | Sonata for Violin and Cello

Allégro, Très vif, Lent, Vif

Tribute to Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli and the Hot Club de France

DJANGO REINHARDT: Nuages, Sweet Georgia Brown, Minor Swing, Daphne


Booking information

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