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Boutique Venue

The Chamber Gallery offers an intimate concert atmosphere and the opportunity to meet and chat with musicians.

Performances are set amongst the surrounding art, and audiences appreciate the experience of music, art, and warm community connections.

Rachel Thomson (piano) & Robert Ibell (cello) - Friday 19 April, 7.30pm

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Tickets $35 Adults, $15 Students 

Available from Eventfinda (booking fees apply)


In this concert two well known Wellington musicians, pianist Rachel Thomson and cellist Robert Ibell, present a varied and dynamic programme of works for cello and piano spanning two hundred years.

Beginning the performance is Beethoven’s fifth and last sonata for piano and cello, a visionary and lyrical work from 1815 that signalled the beginning of the ‘late period’ in his output. This is followed by the magical Pohádka (Fairy Tale) by Czech composer Janáček. The first half closes with three exquisite short works by Schumann: his Fantasy Pieces Op 73.

After interval come four short and characterful pieces written in 2017 by Alex Taylor, an award-winning composer from Aotearoa. Two sonatas from the twentieth century complete the programme: Kodaly’s two movement Sonata for Cello & Piano Op 4, with its folk-influenced melodies and Debussyan harmonies is followed by Debussy’s brief Sonata for Cello & Piano from 1915. This work, with its ecstatic outbursts and dark humour, is strongly influenced by the commedia dell’arte. It provides an exciting and satisfying end to the concert.

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