The Splendour of Venice (Christchurch)

16 October 2018
with James Bush (cello)

Tuesday 16 October – 7.30pm, The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch

Be spellbound by the mystical, mysterious and magical master of light and shade, Vivaldi. Unlock the secrets of Venice. Join NZ Barok and recently returned baroque cellist James Bush on an exploration of Venetian baroque music. Witness the verve, style and fireworks of cello concerti by Vivaldi and Platti. Be part of the sparkling energy, confidence and daring of the Italians. Hear the soulful sound of the baroque cello bringing Vivaldi’s intimate and touching slow movement from the B minor concerto to life.

James Bush was winner of both the Television New Zealand Young Musicians Competition and the National Concerto Competition of New Zealand. For the last 10 years he has worked as principal cellist of Al Ayre Espanol, also appearing regularly with Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin and orchestras such as Concerto Koln and B-Rock. He has been an invited guest principal cellist for productions with the Semper Opera in Dresden and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia. Recent recordings he was involved in have been released by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (SONY), Naive, Harmonia Mundi, Challenge Classics and Winter & Winter.

NZ Barok would like to thank Christopher’s Classics and The Southern Trust for their support.

The Splendour of Venice

05 October - 07 October 2018
with James Bush (cello)

Unlock the secrets of Venice!

Friday 5 October – 7.30pm St Peter’s Anglican Church, 11 Killarney Street, Takapuna, Auckland

Saturday 6 October – 7.30pm St. Luke’s Church, 130 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland

Sunday 7 October – 2.00pm St. Luke’s Church, 130 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland

Tuesday 16 October – 7.30pm The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch

Witness the verve, style, and fireworks of cello concerti by Vivaldi and Platti. Baroque cellist James Bush joins NZ Barok to take you on a trip to the magical world of Venetian baroque music.

Winner of the TVNZ Young Musicians Competition and the National Concerto Competition of New Zealand, James has worked regularly with many of Europe’s leading baroque orchestras including Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln and as principal cello of Al Ayre Español. He has also collaborated with renowned dance company Sasha Waltz and Guests, performing from the Bach cello suites in 50 performances worldwide of the work Gezeiten.


NZ Barok would like to thank Auckland Council, Foundation North, The Wallace Foundation, The Southern Trust, Four Winds Foundation and Dame Jenny Gibbs for their support.

Crowns & Kings

25 August 2018
Handel's "Dixit Dominus" and "Coronation Anthems"

Saturday 25th August  7.30pm – 9.00PM St Mary’s Catholic Church, Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty

The Scholars bring back NZ Barok for this performance of Handel’s “Dixit Dominus” and “Coronation Anthems” which bookend the great baroque master’s career. Written in 1707 while just a fearless student in Italy, “Dixit Dominus” is full of the energy, creativity and the vision of the young man. By contrast, the “Coronation Anthems” show the seasoned composer’s gift for grand ceremonial music. Written for the Coronation of George II, they constitute Handel’s first royal commission in England. So popular is the first anthem, “Zadok the Priest” that it has been performed at the coronation of every British monarch since its composition.

Melody & Musings: A Baroque Parlour Concert

29 July 2018
Players from NZ Barok: Graham McPhail, Fiona Haughton, Alison Salmons and Helen Brinkman

Sunday 29th July, 4.30pm-6.00pm, ALBERTON

A midwinter treat! Step back in time at historic Alberton for this intimate afternoon soirée, suitable for the whole family, harking back to Alberton’s heyday when the house was alive with guests and music performed by family, friends and invited musicians. In the sumptuous Victorian ballroom, players from NZ Barok present an assortment of baroque musical gems with a touch of history in this light-hearted one hour concert.

Featuring music by Purcell, Vivaldi, Boyce, Sammartini and Bach, the programme has been curated with a general audience in mind and would be a lovely entrée for those unfamiliar with orchestral music. The players will introduce you to the Baroque style, its instruments and key composers, peppered with anecdotes from history. Refreshments will be served on arrival and tickets include entry to the house. Come along earlier to explore this fascinating homestead built in 1863. Children are welcome. Dress up and make an afternoon of it! The performers have generously donated their time in this fundraiser for Alberton and Heritage New Zealand.


Baby Baroque Free Kids’ Concerts

14 July 2018
A Magical Day with Ruby May!

A free, fun, dynamic one hour concert especially for children!

Saturday 14 July 10.30-11.30am St. Luke’s Church, Remuera   2.30-3.30pm St Peter’s Anglican Church, Takapuna

Introduce the children in your lives to the beautiful sounds of baroque music! Join NZ Barok and friends for a free, fun, dynamic one hour concert especially for children. Wave a scarf to a minuet, shake a shaker to a march and enjoy a happy music-filled hour. The concert is aimed at children aged 0-6.

NZ Barok would like to thank Auckland Council, Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Dame Jenny Gibbs, The Sutton Family, Name It, The Violin Workshop, iTICKET,  The Wallace Foundation and MusicWorks for their support of these FREE events.

Bach Unplugged

05 May - 06 May 2018
with James Tibbles (harpsichord) and Sally Tibbles (flute)

Saturday 5 May – 7.30pm Sunday 6 May – 2.00pm St. Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Ouverture Nr. 3 in D major BWV 1068

Concerto for harpsichord and strings in d minor BWV 1052 – James Tibbles, solo harpsichord

Sinfonia for flute and strings from Cantata BWV 209 – Sally Tibbles, solo flute

Aria from St Matthew Passion (BWV 224), Ebarme dich, mein Gott – Graham McPhail & Miranda Hutton, solo violins

Chorale from St Matthew Passion

Aria from St Matthew Passion Mache dich, mein Herze rein – Helen Brinkman – solo cello

Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 5 for harpsichord, flute, violin, and strings BWV 1050 – James Tibbles, solo harpsichord; Sally Tibbles, solo flute; Graham McPhail, solo violin

Selection of Press Coverage

Ponsonby News:  NZ Barok are bringing a concert of Bach to St Luke’s Church in Remuera.

SCOOP Independent News: Bach Unplugged with James Tibbles at St Luke’s, Remuera

Stuff: NZ Barok with James Tibbles (Harpsichord) – Bach Unplugged

NZ Barok wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support:

Stout Trust, Auckland Council, Foundation North, Pub Charity, Four Winds Foundation, The Wallace Foundation and Dame Jenny Gibbs


Music Encounter

17 December 2017
Players from NZ Barok: Miranda Hutton, Graham McPhail, Alison Salmons and Helen Brinkman with flautist Sally Tibbles

12.00 pm Noon Mackelvie gallery – mezzanine level  Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. 

J Haydn, String Quartet Op. 1 No. 3 in D major

WA Mozart, Flute Quartet No. 3 in C Major

L Boccherini, String Quartet Op. 10 No. 2 in D minor

Highlights from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” in an original arrangement for flute quartet from 1799

Handel’s Messiah

02 December 2017

St Mary’s Immaculate Church, Cameron Road/First Avenue, Tauranga

Conductor: Chalium Poppy Soprano: Gina Sanders Alto: Elisha Hulton Tenor: Iain Tetley Bass: Tavis Gravatt

Back by popular demand, Scholars Pro Musica presents Handel’s greatest oratorio and seasonal favourite, Messiah. A musical drama like no other, Messiah is famous the world over. No other choral work has received such wide acclaim and universal acceptance. A timeless masterpiece, Messiah demands something of all who hear it as we strive to make sense of the world in which we live.

Scholars Pro Musica is one of New Zealand’s leading baroque chamber choirs. Together with NZ Barok, New Zealand’s only professional baroque orchestra, they deliver a highly stylised performance of his work – the way Handel himself would have envisioned it.

NZ Barok wishes to thank Stout Trust for their support.

A Room with a View

27 October 2017
Players from NZ Barok: Miranda Hutton, Graham McPhail, Alison Salmons and Helen Brinkman with flautist Sally Tibbles

Mt Eden Village Centre Historic Church, Auckland

J Haydn, String Quartet Op. 1 No. 3 in D major

WA Mozart, Flute Quartet No. 3 in C Major

L Boccherini, String Quartet Op. 10 No. 2 in D minor

Highlights from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” in an original arrangement for flute quartet from 1799


RNZ Concert FM Upbeat: The intimate setting of Chamber Music (26 Oct 2017)

New Zealand Business Review: Boutique chamber music festival in Mt Eden

Eden Arts

Spring in the Air

09 September - 10 September 2017
with Lucinda Moon (violin, Australia)

St. Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

G Giacomelli Sinfonia in G major from Merope

A Vivaldi, Concerto in A minor for violin Op.3 Nr.6

A Corelli, Concerto Grosso in F major Op. 6 Nr.2

J S Bach, Concerto in E major for violin BWV 1042

A Vivaldi, Concerto in E major for violin, Spring, Op 8. Nr. 1

A Vivaldi, Concerto in A minor for two violins Op.3 Nr. 8


RNZ Concert FM Upbeat: Spring in the air (Interview with Lucinda Moon) 4th September 2017

Under the Radar: Spring in the Air

Baroque Discovery

22 July 2017

St. Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

Join us for a free concert including Bach’s Air on a G string and Pachelbel’s Canon as well as works by Mozart, Corelli and Boyce. Come and find out more about our instruments and how and why we play them the way we do.  Get up close and personal with NZ Barok. This one hour free concert will showcase our instruments, the special colours they make, and the beautiful music they create. The concert will be followed by a chance to talk to the musicians themselves and take a closer look at their instruments.

Autumn Notes

06 May - 07 May 2017
with Melissa Farrow (flute, Australia)

St Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

GB Sammartini, Sinfonia in G major

CF Abel, Concerto in G major for flute (Knape 50)

WF Bach, Sinfonia in D Minor BR-WFB C7

FJ Haydn, Symphony Quintetto after Symphony No. 94 in G major ‘Surprise’,

arranged by JP Salomon for flute, strings and keyboard ad libitum (1798)

W Boyce, Symphony Op. 2 No. 1 in B flat major

Interviews International flute player reunites with former teacher after 21 years (Hugh Collins 3 May 2017)

RNZ Concert FM Upbeat:  Kiwi period flutist returns home  (4 May 2017)


Galant Delights

03 November - 06 November 2016
with Rachael Beesley (violin, Australia)

3 November, All Saints, Howick, Auckland

5-6 November, St Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

GB Sammartini, Overture for strings in F major (Op. 10 No. 5)

EF Dall’Abaco, Concerto grosso in D major (Op. 5 No. 6)

GB Sammartini, Concerto Grosso in A minor (Op. 5 No. 4)

MR de Lalande, “Les fontaines de Versailles” Chaconne

EF Dall’Abaco, Overture in B flat major (Op. 5 No. 6)

M Corrette, “Les Sauvages” Concerto Comique in G minor (No. 25)

UW van Wassenaer, Concerto Armonico in A major (No. 3)

GA Brescianello, Chaconne in A major


The Big Idea: NZ Barok – Galant Delights

RNZ Concert FM Upbeat:  NZ Barok to get Romantic & Classical conductor (2 November 2016)

Oreste (Opera in three acts by G. F. Handel)

20 August - 21 August 2016
A semi-staged production presented by Auckland Opera Studio and NZ Barok

Mercury Theatre, Auckland

Directed by Benjamin Henson. Soloists Stephen Diaz, Rebecca Ryan, James Ioelu, Madison Nonoa, Filipe Manu, Kalauni Pouvalu.

NZ’s freshest young opera talent performed alongside veterans of the stage to present a fiery tale of sacrifice, danger, and triumph. First performed in 1734 at the Covent Garden Theatre, Handel’s rarely performed baroque “Oreste” opera is a tightly woven exploration of love and lust; a desperate search for sanity in a world built on fear; a bitter struggle between destiny and desire.

Magically saved from sacrifice at her own father’s knife, Iphigenia is bound to serve the goddess Diana on the island of Tauris under the tyrannical rule of a king living in fear. As the blood of all strangers must be cast over the island’s altar, fate brings Orestes, Iphigenia’s estranged brother, to its shores.

Handel’s “Oreste” was performed in a semi-staged production by the combined forces of the Auckland Opera Studio and NZ Barok orchestra. The instrumentalists of NZ Barok, New Zealand’s own original instrument baroque orchestra took to the stage of the Mercury Theatre alongside the vocal soloists to bring Handel’s score to life. Recitatives were sung in English and arias in Italian.

Reviews & interviews:

theatreview: A high standard of style and interpretation (Reviewer: Penny Dodd) 21 August 2016

“NZ Barok are a revelation to me, the distinctive sound of their authentic instruments in perfect balance with the ensemble. Oreste is a real highlight of the Operatic calendar for 2016.”

backtrack: Strong cast opens Handel’s Oreste in Auckland (Reviewer: Simon Holden) 21 August 2016

“…one appreciated the intimacy that came out of the small group and the continuo playing was consistently alert in recitative. Handel’s Oreste could hardly hoped for a better introduction to New Zealand and we can only hope the collaboration between Auckland Opera Studio and NZ Barok will bear fruit with further premières in the future.” 4 out of 5 stars

The NZ Herald: Endless flow of stunning arias (Reviewer: William Dart) 22 August 2016

“Auckland Opera Studio and its artistic director Frances Wilson should be very proud of giving Handel’s Oreste its New Zealand premiere.

…Henson’s compact, resourceful staging had the performing space flanked by the spirited strings of NZBarok.”

NBR: Rarely performed Handel opera on at Mercury Theatre

RNZ Concert FM Upbeat: An unlikely marriage 16 August 2016

The 13th Floor: Watch Liz Gunn Discuss Oreste with Frances Wilson & Benjamin Henson 15 August 2016

Cello Charms

05 August - 07 August 2016
with Daniel Yeadon (cello, United Kingdom)

5 August, St. Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

6-7 August, St. Luke’s Church Remuera, Auckland

WA Mozart, Divertimento in F major (K138 Salzburg 1772)

WF Bach, Suite in G minor

CPE Bach, Symphony in E minor (Wq 177)

FJ Haydn, Cello Concerto in C major (Hoboken VIIb:1)

REviews, Interviews & Press coverage

Middle C: Diverting, accomplished, baroque concert from Auckland’s NZBarok on a cold night (Reviewer: Rosemary Collier) St. Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington, 5th August 2016.

(Haydn Cello Concerto in C major) “It was a very skillful performance; the brilliant playing in this work was not only from the soloist.  It evoked a deservedly enthusiastic response from the largely young, and very attentive, audience. …a gratifying end to a fine concert.”

RNZ Concert FM Upbeat: Guest appearance with NZ Barok (Interview with Daniel Yeadon)

NZ Herald: Cello Charms  Cello Charms headed to Wellington and Auckland

Music for Frederick the Great

30 April - 01 May 2016
with Lara Hall (violin, New Zealand) and Sally Tibbles (flute, New Zealand)

St. Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

F Benda, Violin Concerto in A major

CH Graun, Flute Concerto in E minor (Willer 53, HenzelD:XIII:171)

J Pisendal, Violin Concerto in B flat major

JJ Quantz, Flute Concerto in G major (QV 5:174)

CPE Bach, Symphony in G major (Wq 182/1)


Messiah, An Oratorio

21 November 2015

St Mary’s Catholic Church, Tauranga

Scholars Pro Musica, conductor Chalium Poppy, and soloists Jayne Tankersley, Stephen Diaz, Iain Tetley, Jonathan Eyers

Virtuoso Baroque

31 July - 02 August 2015
with guest director and soloist Ryo Terakado (violin - Japan/Belgium)

31 July, Te Whare Tapere Iti, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, The University of Waikato, Hamilton

1-2 August, St Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

Recorded by Radio NZ Concert

JS Bach, Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068

JM Leclair, Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 7 No. 5  

JS Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major BWV 1048

JS Bach, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043

A Vivaldi, Concerto for Violin in F minor L’Inverno Op. 8. No. 4 RV297


NZ Herald:  Journey back to the age of Bach  “The sound filling the room seemed richer than that of string orchestras I’ve heard, and had a freshness and exuberance about it, as of something newly made.” (29 July 2015)

Radio NZ Concert FM Upbeat: Ryo Terakado and Miranda Hutton: NZ Barok (29 July 2015)

Appointment with Amadeus

01 May - 03 May 2015
with Erin Helyard (fortepiano, Australia)

1 May, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, The University of Waikato, Hamilton

2-3 May, St Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

FX Richter, Sinfonia in A major (Riemann 69)

WA Mozart, Piano Concerto in F major K413

WA Mozart, Piano Concerto in C major K415