Upcoming music events at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul

The Cathedral will host an interesting array of music events in the coming months, from ancient instruments, to not-so-ancient but formerly neglected instruments, and an orchestra that invests in students from low decile schools – there are plenty of opportunities to engage in the talents of the Cathedral’s musicians.

5pm, Sunday 25 June – Evensong with Palliser Viols:

The Cathedral Choir will sing Evensong accompanied by the viol consort Palliser Viols, directed by Robert Oliver. The viol is an ancient precursor to the violin and cello, each of the the four sizes played upright rather than underneath the chin. Church music of the Tudor era was often written for accompaniment by viols, and we will be presenting music by Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tomkins. This is a rare opportunity to hear this repertoire with its original viol accompaniment.

Couperin’s Pièces de Clavecin (Harpsichord pieces)

Cathedral Director of Music Michael Stewart is in the midst of preforming the complete Pièces de Clavecin (Harpsichord Pieces) of François Couperin in 27 concerts. This epic project will occupy him for the next three years! Come and hear the Eleanor Thomas Memorial Harpsichord, an instrument gifted to the Cathedral in the late 1970s that has sat neglected for decades. Couperin (1668-1733) was one of the greatest composers of the French Baroque, and these pieces are delightful portraits of the characters he met at the courts of Versailles and St Germain-en-Laye, the home of the exiled Stuart court. All proceeds from these concerts go to the ongoing appeal for the organ fund. Suggested donation $10

Friday 30 June, 12.45pm:  Couperin’s Pièces de Clavecin III

Friday 21 July, 12.45pm:  Couperin’s Pièces de Clavecin IV

Friday 25 August, 12.45pm:  Couperin’s Pièces de Clavecin V

Friday 22 September, 12.45pm:  Couperin’s Pièces de Clavecin VI

Friday 20 October, 12.45pm:  Couperin’s Pièces de Clavecin VII

Friday 17 November, 12.45pm:  Couperin’s Pièces de Clavecin VIII

7.30pm, Friday 11 August – Virtuoso Strings play Wellington Cathedral of St Paul

We are thrilled that the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra will play for us at the Cathedral on Friday 11 August. The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust (established in 2013) provides free instruments and free tuition to students at low decile schools in Porirua. The Trust also runs the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra which rehearses each week in Cannons Creek, Porirua. The orchestra does not hold auditions and is open to any member of the public. The success of these students is a testament to how powerful a force music can be in young lives – we do hope you can come and support them. Suggested donation of $10 which goes directly to Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust.