Tauranga Musica 2020 Concert Series

“Music is love in search of a voice” — Leo Tolstoy

With much regret Tauranga Musica is cancelling its first 3 concerts of the 2020 concert series - Karaka Collective on March 31, John Chen on April 29, and the Darroch/Cowan Duo on May 24.

Due to recent Covid-19 government restrictions around events, self-isolation and travel we are now unable to hold these concerts.

Ticketek has begun the refund process for tickets already purchased for John Chen’s concert at Baycourt.

Subscribers have been emailed a letter further explaining our decision to cancel, and the processes available for annual subscribers.

For any further enquiries please email tickets@taurangamusica.co.nz.

At this stage we intend running the remaining 4 concerts in our 2020 series, restrictions and regulations permitting. Updates where necessary will be on our website and emailed to subscribers.

Take care and stay well.

Our aims

  • To share the joy, the delight, the wonder of music within our community of the Western Bay of Plenty.
  • To appreciate the talented musicians who bring their skill and commitment, extending our understanding and appreciation of a range of musical offerings from enduring classics to modern New Zealand compositions.
  • To support young local performers through the annual Chamber Music NZ competition and encourage youth engagement by subsidising attendance at live performances.

Membership Subscription

By paying an annual membership fee of $35 per person, you are entitled to:

  • Purchase the subscription series of 7 concerts, at a cost per ticket of $20 (an overall saving of $49) if purchased together with your annual membership fee.
    Tickets may be used for any concert in the 2020 series, or given to a friend as a gift.
  • Purchase additional member's tickets at $25 per ticket at the door.
  • Regular newsletters.
  • Membership prices for Putaruru and Whakatane Music Society concerts.

Tauranga Musica's next concert:

Sunday 21st June 2020, 7.00pm
X Space, Baycourt, Tauranga map »
Robin Perks (violin), Jacqueline Nordon (bass), Ross Harris (accordion), Debbie Rawson (saxophone), Anna Gawn (soprano)

Review of Affetto:

Myth and Mother Nature combine for Affetto

The musical weather inside Tauranga Park Auditorium was both fiery and freezing when early music aficionados, Affetto performed on Sunday afternoon. As part of Tauranga Musica’s 2019 concert series, the renowned ensemble was joined by guest baritone, Will King, to present a rich and varied programme of weather and myth-inspired Renaissance and Baroque music.

Featuring music by Meder, Mundy, Boismortier, Clerembaut and others, the ensemble’s presentation was professional, polished, educational and insightful; instrumentalists Rachael Griffiths-Hughes, Polly Sussex and Peter Reid not only playing with panache, but also offering up valuable contextual information and technical demonstration along the way. Their efficacy was complemented by that of Will King, who performed with control, appropriately nuanced emotion and capable execution of French, Latin and Italian.

The well-crafted programme offered multiple opportunities for all performers to demonstrate both delicacy and virtuosity on a range of authentic instruments; all played with an inherent familiarity with historical performance technique and convention – a rare treat for those interested in such.

Highlights of the programme included the sweeping fantasies and fanfares of Reid’s Baroque trumpet in Meder’s Jubilate Deo, later matched and extended with his dynamic cornetto solos in Drive the Cold Winter Away.

By contrast, the soulful and plaintive reflections of Sussex’s viola de gamba in Tombeau offered a fascinating narrative element, illustrating how the Ancient Greeks’ imagined a soul’s journey through the underworld after death.

Still by further contrast, the celebration of all four seasons in Mundy’s, Faire wether fantasia was admirably performed with excitement and flair at the harpsichord by Griffiths-Hughes, illustrating both the graceful fall of rain and the thrill of a storm.

King’s attention to vocal detail and authenticity was yet another highlight, taking the audience on many contrasting journeys – the joy of the harvest in Boismortier’s cantata, Automne; drama and melancholy in Clerambault’s Polypheme and divided loyalties in Handel’s military-inspired, Gia risonar d’intorno al campidoglio io senta. All performed with ease and commendable ensemble coordination by everyone involved; voices and instruments seamlessly integrating with each other, fully cognoscente of how complex polyphonic music works when it is played with wisdom.

At all points through the afternoon, it was apparent that the audience found itself emotionally invested in all King and the ensemble presented; deftly recreating the drama and magic that inspired the composition of these works in the first place.

- Leon Gray, September 15th 2019