Chamber music with ‘joie de vivre’ is the theme of ‘Les Bons Vivants’, showcasing three musicians from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Amandine Guerin studied music in France and graduated from the Conservatoire National de Région of Montpellier with prizes in performance, chamber music, sight-reading and solfège. Besides her teaching activities, she was concertmaster of the Ensemble Instrumental Contrepoint. From 1998 she lived in Tokyo, Japan where she taught violin and coached young chamber ensembles at the International Music School Solfran. She was also a freelance player in various orchestras and ensembles. Together with her husband, a mushroom and truffle scientist, Amandine moved to Dunedin in 2004, where she played first violin and Acting Concertmaster of the Southern Sinfonia (DSO). In 2009 she moved to Christchurch, and joined the first violin section of Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. As well as performing in many groups, Amandine has introduced her friends to the fascinating world of fungi! Anthony Ferner is Principal Flute of the Christchurch Symphony and a frequent soloist with the orchestra. He is lecturer in flute at the School of Music University of Canterbury, coaches ensemble groups, performs as a recitalist and freelance conductor. Winner of the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in 1972 Anthony is a graduate from the University of Canterbury. He studied flute, piano and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music London. His teachers were Trevor Wye, William Bennett and Peter Lloyd, Principal flute of the LSO. He taught and performed for two years in Milan, and in 1992 studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory. For 17 years in Australia, he played in the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and was a concert artist on ABC FM radio. His CD Reverie (MANU) with harpist Helen Webby is heard frequently on Radio NZ concert FM. In his spare time at home in Christchurch he can be found tending his micro vineyard, from which he has managed to produce some excellent pinot noir. Helen Webby is Principal Harp with Christchurch Symphony and teaches harp at University of Canterbury School of Music. She is well known throughout New Zealand as solo, chamber and concerto soloist. Born in Whangarei, Helen studied at University of Auckland, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Netherlands, and in 1996 completed Diplom Harfe from the Hochschule for Music in Hamburg. During Christchurch’s Quake year Helen commissioned nine NZ composers to write short works for harp and in 2012 released her solo harp CD Pluck (MANU), the first anthology of New Zealand harp music. Pluck was nominated for Best Classical CD in the 2013 NZ Music Awards, and was made in to a DVD film Harps make Fine Companions, screened on Television New Zealand. Helen performs on a concert harp built of NZ Red Beech by her brother Kim Webby. www.harp.co.nz Helen’s favourite activity as a ‘bon vivant’ is to eat French apple tart, made from apples grown in her orchard garden.
“The inspiration for this programme came from an evening of eating ‘raclette’, a traditional melted cheese from France. We have chosen music that enhances our mood, aides our digestion, and takes our spirits on an imaginary journey that adds to the spice of life. Bon Voyage!”
Programme: France meets musicians from the Antipodes in this program: Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie for Violin and Harp takes us in to the evocative world of French Romantic music, and we journey back in time to the court of Louis XV with Jean-Marie Leclair’s Triosonata in D. NZ composer Lissa Meridan lives in Paris, and has written a short piece for solo harp for this program, and Christchurch composer Alex van den Broek will write a trio for flute, violin & harp. English composer Eugène Goosens lived for much of his life in Australia, and we perform his luscious Suite for Flute, Violin & Harp. African pygmy music meets classical flute & harp in Rain Forest, by NZ’s dearly loved and recently passed composer Jack Body. Finally, back to France with Fauré’s Après un Rêve (after a dream) and the Spanish flavor of Jacques Ibert’s Deux Interludes. Bon voyage!