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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.

July 16-17

2022

Improvise! Way to Go!

Ron Ball Studio, CSO Centre, Christchurch Town Hall Christchurch

Tickets

$40-$90

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Sept 11

2022

Canterbury Tour Akaroa: Nikau harp trio

3pm Orion Powerhouse Gallery, 1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa

Tickets

$25

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October 3

2022

Southern Tour Dunedin: Nikau harp trio

7pm Royal Terrace, Dunedin

Tickets

$35

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October 4

2022

Southern Tour Gore: Nikau harp trio

7.30pm Eastern Southland Gallery

Tickets

$35

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October 5

2022

Southern Tour Invercargill: Nikau harp trio

7.30pm Invercargill Masonic Centre/Bridge Club, 50 Elles Road

Tickets

$35/$30/$15

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October 6

2022

Southern Tour Riverton: Nikau harp trio

7.30pm St Mary's Church, 173 Palmerston Street

Tickets

$10

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October 7

2022

Southern Tour Te Anau: Nikau harp trio

7pm Southminster Abbey, Aparima Drive, Te Anau

Tickets

$25/$20/$5

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October 8

2022

Southern Tour Alexandra: Nikau harp trio

Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery, 21 Centennial Ave

Tickets

$25/$20/$5

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October 9

2022

Southern Tour Queenstown: Nikau harp trio

3pm Thomas Brown Gallery, 568 Speargrass Flat Road, Lake Hayes

Tickets

$35

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October 30

2022

Canterbury Tour Ashburton: Nikau harp trio

At Violinos, Mid-Canterbury

Tickets

$ TBA

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Videos

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