Introducing Hanover Hall
The orchestra moved into its new permanent home, Hanover Hall, in December 2016 (the former Hanover Street Baptist Church). Not only does Hanover Hall provide the orchestra with an acoustically safe and enlarged rehearsal space as well as office space, but the Hall is also available for hire at affordable rates by other performing arts organisations for workshops, rehearsals and performances (the audience capacity is c. 240). Thus the new venue also provides future opportunities for other associated forms of music.
To find out more about hiring Hanover Hall as a venue for your event, please contact Philippa Harris, General Manager, via the form below, or call her on 03 477 5623.
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What’s On at Hanover Hall
A New Zealand tour featuring the creativity of pianist and composer Jonathan Crayford at the keys of a historic Steinway D Grand Piano. A musical experience normally reserved for audiences in large international cities.
Jonathan Crayford is an award-winning pianist, multi-instrumentalist and critically-acclaimed composer from New Zealand who began playing music at the age of 3. His work encompasses a wide variety of musical genres.
A New Zealand tour featuring the creativity of pianist and composer Jonathan Crayford at the keys of an historic Steinway D Grand Piano. A musical experience normally reserved for audiences in large international cities.
Tickets are $38 and available online from Eventfinda
Southern Consort of Voices – ‘Sing We and Chant It’ – Sunday 8 April, 2pm
2pm Sunday 8 April 2018
Hanover Hall, corner Hanover & Great King Sts
$20 waged, $15 unwaged
It has been a long time since the Southern Consort has performed a programme of English madrigals. During rehearsals, we are rediscovering the charm and subtlety of both the madrigal poems and their superb settings by a number of master composers. Throughout this selection of madrigals, there is a plentiful use of clever word painting while imaginative polyphonic writing is used to convey the texts’ meaning.
The pieces range in mood from the lament of lost love to the intensity of new romance, from the pain of rejection to the comfort of a lullaby, and from the sorrow of death to the risqué celebration of springtime. Some of the most famous English madrigal composers are included, such as Morley, Byrd, Bennet, Farmer, Wilbye, and Gibbons.
In the second half of the programme, we will perform a set of beautiful motets, also by English composers. Three are from the Renaissance era (by Phillips, Tallis and Tomkins) while the others hail from the late 19th and early 20th century (by Stanford, Britten and Elgar). The contrast in style is telling, with the expressiveness and complexity of these pieces contrasting with the simpler, more direct emotions conveyed by the deft madrigals.
We hope you can join us for our inaugural recital at Hanover Hall.