Welcome to Wilma & Friends’ 8th Year!

I can’t wait to share this year’s amazing artists with you in programs that will thrill and move the most seasoned listeners and novices alike. Six wonderful musicians will be making their W&F debuts this year and I’ll also be welcoming back seven fabulous veterans.

Two instruments make their W&F debuts this year too – oboe and saxophone play a starring role with string quartet collaborators. Thomas Hutchinson will dazzle with the virtuoso oboe playing that has earned him international awards, and outstanding saxophonist, Christina Leonard, will wrap up the year with Latin passion and soul.

Please join us with your friends!

– Wilma Smith

Upcoming Concerts

Troika Tales

A piano trio with composer/pianist, Ian Munro, and wonderful Melbourne cellist, Anna Pokorny. We take Ian’s Piano Trio, Tales from Old Russia, back to Christchurch where it was commissioned 11 years ago as well as to Nelson, Wellington and for one-only Melbourne appearance at Lyrebird Music Society.

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Fab Four

Three of the most sought-after chamber musicians in Australia finally managed to be free during the same week! This promises to be a combination worth waiting for, playing a sumptuous program of favourite masterpieces.

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Kiwi Connections

Brilliant young Kiwi oboist, Thomas Hutchinson, international competition prize-winner and already three years into his job as Associate Principal of the MSO, is much in demand as a chamber musician and soloist. He is joined by a classy string band in oboe quartet/quintet repertoire and the strings play the driving and funky Rondo Mondo by Kiwi composer, Gareth Farr.

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Sultry Saxophone

AWO and SSO saxophonist of choice, Christina Leonard, curates an eclectic and appealing program of music for sax and strings from the Baroque to Piazzola. The string quartet also plays a seldom-heard but beautiful work by Villa-Lobos.

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