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 4pm Sunday 24 June

The Greytown Music Group’s next concert will be a varied programme of music by Schubert, Ravel, Chopin, Bach and John Psathas, presented by the Tararua Trio: pianist Noelle Dannenbring, cellist Bethany Angus, and violinist Nathan Pinkney.

Noelle, a former Sir Edmund Hillary scholar, has just completed her Masters degree in piano performance under Katherine Austin at the University of Waikato. Last year she was a semi-finalist in the 2017 National Wallace Piano Competition and the National Concerto Competition, and in 2016 she won the University of Waikato Concerto Competition. She has a strong passion for playing chamber music, and has done well in chamber music competitions.  

This year she is teaching piano at St Peter’s School in Cambridge, providing tuition to tertiary minor piano students, and is in demand as an accompanist. She has just made her debut with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Ed and Juliet Cooke attended the concert, and were impressed by Noelle’s musicianship and performance.

Bethany, also a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, is in her second year at Waikato, learning from James Tennant. She was a finalist in the Waikato University Concerto Competition last year, playing the Haydn Cello Concerto in C with orchestra, a concerto she later played at the Waitaki Summer Music Camp in Oamaru. Greytown audience members may remember Bethany playing  the Shostakovich Trio No 1 with the Glivenko Trio in 2015 in Greytown, after the trio had won the NZ Secondary Schools Chamber Music Competition.

Nathan is a second year violin student at Auckland University, studying with Stephen Larson. He has played in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and other regional youth orchestras, and has performed double violin concertos with his sister Melanie. He was a member of the orchestra which played for the Wairarapa Singers’ performance of the St Matthew Passion, earlier this year. Nathan also works in the electrical industry, so has more than one string to his bow!

The three young musicians say they are having a lot of fun working together on some challenging repertoire, notwithstanding the difficulty of getting together, with the players spread between Hamilton, Auckland and Rotorua.

The concert will be at 57 Wood St, Greytown, admission $25 (students $10). Ring Ed and Juliet Cooke on 304 9497 to reserve a seat.

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