Mt Eden Village will be the place to be during the last weekend of August as it opens its doors to a brand new musical event: A Festival of Chamber Music, proudly launched by the Eden Arts Trust.
Three concerts over three days will feature some of the country’s finest musicians playing some of the most glorious music ever written, performed in the intimate setting of the Mt Eden Village centre’s historic church. Concertgoers are encouraged to combine a concert package with a post-concert dinner in one of Mt Eden’s many excellent eateries.
The hour long programmes of German romantic music will take audiences on a journey — Eine Romantische Reise — through what was one of the most exciting periods in classical music, delving deep into the heart of the romantic spirit and providing a rare chance to hear these masterworks live over one weekend.
Concert 1 — Friday 26 August 6.30pm — Beethoven “Ghost” Piano Trio, Schumann Piano Quartet
Concert 3 — Sunday 28 August 3pm — Beethoven String Trio, Schumann Piano Quintet
Festival artistic director Simeon Broom, violinist, grew up in Mt Eden, and has for a long time dreamed of starting a concert series in the village. He is joined by duo partner Rachel Church (piano), Andrew & Julia Joyce (principal cello & viola in the NZSO), Anna van der Zee (violinist) and the Aroha String Quartet. All are acclaimed musicians with a deep love for chamber music who perform regularly together in various ensembles and for Chamber Music NZ.
For almost 30 years, the Eden Arts Community Arts Trust has supported the arts in the wider Mt Eden area. Other events include the annual Artists in Eden Day, Young Artists Awards, literary dinners and the Classic Pub Quiz with an Arts Twist.