Great Hall Lunchtime Concerts

February to November 2018 - The Great Hall

The Arts Centre’s famous lunchtime concerts make a welcome return to the Great Hall in February, with the monthly series being launched by violinist Fiona Pears.

Presented in conjunction with the Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust, the Great Hall Lunchtime Concerts will be held on the last Monday of each month from February to November.

The programme includes established local musicians along with talented rising stars, in line with the Arts Centre’s desire to create both platforms and pathways for local musicians.

The line-up includes pianists, singers, a string trio and a choir, with well-known names including Cathy Irons, Zara Ballara, Jennine Bailey, Helen Webby, Sacha Vee and the Sweet Adelines Chorus. Email us for inquiries or reservations.

Tickets are available at the Great Hall door from 12.30pm on the day of the concert:

• Adults $15
• Students $5

Fiona Pears with Friends

February 26 1.10pm – 1.50pm

Violinist and composer Fiona Pears will be joined by legendary local guitarists Keith Petch and Bob Heinz in this concert that will feature the music of French violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt.

Tres Cordes String Trio – Cathy Irons, violin, Sharon Baylis, viola and Tomas Hurnik, cello

March 26 1.10pm – 1.50pm

Described as “high spirited” and “fun overflowing,” and “with splendid co-ordination and attack,” Tres Cordes brings music to life with freshness, warmth and beauty. Recent highlights include performances at the International Deia Festival in Mallorca, Spain, performing at the opening of the Chinese Spring Festival and recording the soundtrack for The Art of Recovery for the New Zealand International Film Festival.

All are members of the CSO.

Whēkau Trio

April 30 1.10pm – 1.50pm

This unique and exciting combination of saxophone, bassoon and piano will be sure to entertain you with works by local composer Philip Norman and a transcription of Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

The Whēkau Trio; Mark Hobson on saxophone, Craig Bradfield on bassoon and local pianist Alison Holden, have been together since early 2016. They will be performing this programme in July this year at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.

The performers were delighted when they heard they’d be performing in the Great Hall which is renowned for its incredible acoustics and unique historic ambience, says Artistic Director Trish Rainey.

“I’m thrilled that we’re re-launching lunchtime concerts at the Arts Centre – so many Cantabrians have fond memories of attending performances in the Great Hall before the earthquakes and this is a great excuse for people to come back and experience the restored space.”

On the day of the concert, pop next door to Bunsen café with your lunchtime concert programme to enjoy exclusive monthly deals. Bookings for groups are advised.

The Great Hall Lunchtime Concerts series is brought to you by the Arts Centre and the Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust who wish to acknowledge all participating musicians for their enthusiasm and professionalism in performing in this wonderful series.

$5 to $15

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 60 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.