Morton Trio & Friends

• Saturday 6th April 2024, 4.00pm Past
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Arna Morton (violin), David McGregor (clarinet), Alex Morton (french horn), Sharon Baylis (viola), Liam Wooding (piano), Jeremy Garside (cello)
Comprising of husband and wife duo, Alex and Arna Morton (NZ freelance horn, CSO Principal 2nd Violin), and Aotearoa NZ pianist Liam Wooding, Morton Trio has been delighting and engaging audiences with charismatic performances throughout New Zealand and abroad for close to eight years.

Following two highly successful tours of the United Kingdom (supported by Pettman/ROSL) and New Zealand (CMNZ ‘In Partnership’ series) in 2019 that featured Brahms’ iconic Horn Trio in Eb Major op. 40 and NZ composer Kenneth Young’s Trio for violin, horn, and piano, Morton Trio has enjoyed discovering and performing lesser known works for the genre, as well as expanding the horn trio repertoire through their own arrangements and compositions. And despite the last few years being riddled with pandemic-related cancellations and setbacks, most notably their inclusion as featured artists in the 2022 Adam Chamber Music Festival, Morton Trio is wasting no time in making up for lost opportunities.

In 2024, they kick off their performance season on a grand scale, collaborating with three of their fabulous Christchurch Symphony Orchestra colleagues (David McGregor, Principal Clarinet; Sharon Baylis, Associate Principal Viola; Jeremy Garside, Associate Principal Cello) for Chamber Music New Zealand’s ‘In Partnership’ season of Morton Trio & Friends, delivering New Zealand audiences two behemoth’s of the chamber music repertoire: Dohnányi and Penderecki’s Sextets for Clarinet, Horn, Piano, and Strings.

In August, Morton Trio will be launching their debut album, featuring not just “the” Brahms Horn Trio (op. 40) but also his B Major Piano Trio op. 8 arranged by trio violinist Arna Morton alongside her brand-new composition for the ensemble, Summer.

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