Nikau harp trio
Nikau harp trio
From a dazzling display of virtuosity to the gentle lilt of a lullaby, from the energetic burst of spring to the quiet contemplation of Noël, Nikau presents an afternoon of captivating music for harp, violin and cello.
Join Nikau on their musical journey as they guide you through Bach's baroque era to the brilliant Passacaglia duo by Handel-Halvorsen, from the world of French romance by the little known woman composer and harpist, Henriette Renié, to Webby's own arrangement of Debussy's timeless Claire de Lune, to arrive at a pulsating tango of Piazzolla's Argentina via the hypnotic haze of Irons' Dreamland.
Nikau is a trio of outstanding musicians - Helen Webby, Cathy Irons and Paul Lee; all members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, with extensive NZ and international experience. Webby and Irons successfully toured South Island as a duo in 2021 with many requests to return and are delighted to invite Lee to join them this year, to create the Nikau trio.
Nikau is named after the magnificent engraved Nikau palm on Helen's harp, made by her brother, Kim Webby. In gold on the soundboard, is painted a Huia.
Nikau supports the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust.
Introit for Solo Violin and String Quintet
For solo violin, violin 1 & 2, viola, cello and double bass
Composer - Eric Biddington
Recording engineer - Geoffrey Irons
Score available from National Library, Hocken Library in Dunedin and SOUNZ
Composed in memory of Henry, Eric's neighbour's dog
Recorded during lockdown 2020