Ascension Wine Estate 

4.00 pm


Flute, violin & harp

Chamber music with ‘joie de vivre’ is the theme of ‘Les Bons Vivants’, showcasing three musicians from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. France meets musicians from the Antipodes in this programme.


Amandine Guerin plays first violin with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She studied music in France and graduated from the Conservatoire National de Région of Montpellier with prizes in performance, chamber music, sight-reading and solfège. Besides her teaching activities, she was concertmaster of the Ensemble Instrumental Contrepoint. From 1998 she lived in Tokyo, Japan where she was violin and young ensemble teacher at the International Music School Solfran directed by Marguerite France. She was also a freelance player in various orchestras and chamber music groups. Since moving to Dunedin New Zealand in 2004, she played as first violin and acting concertmaster in the Southern Sinfonia until moving to Christchurch where she performs with many chamber groups

Helen Webby is Principal Harp with Christchurch Symphony, and is well known throughout New Zealand as a recitalist: solo, chamber and concerto soloist. She also toured with the NZ Symphony Orchestra to Europe in 2010. Helen studied at University of Auckland, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Netherlands, and in 1996 completed Diplom Harfe from the Hochschule for Music in Hamburg. While working in Germany she was a member of chamber Ensemble Obligat, with whom she recorded her first CD. More recent recordings are: 2006 CD Reverie (MANU) with flautist Anthony Ferner; 2011 Love’s Nature (MANU) with soprano Pepe Becker: During Christchurch’s Quake year Helen commissioned nine NZ composers to write short works for harp and in 2012 released her solo harp CD Pluck (MANU), the first anthology of NZ harp music. Pluck was nominated for Best Classical CD in the 2013 NZ Music Awards, and was made in to a DVD film Harps make Fine Companions, screened on TVNZ. In 2015 Helen took her most recent CD One Beautiful Day on tour to small towns around NZ, performing 19 concerts with Scottish guitarist Davy Stuart for Arts On Tour NZ. Helen performs on a concert harp built of NZ Red Beech by her brother Kim Webby.

Anthony Ferner is Principal Flute of the Christchurch Symphony and a frequent soloist with the Christchurch Symphony. He teaches flute at the School of Music University of Canterbury, coaches ensemble groups, performs as a recitalist and teaches orchestral conducting. Winner of the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in 1972 he is a graduate from the University of Canterbury. He studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music under Trevor Wye and William Bennett and with Peter Lloyd, Principal flute of the LSO. Later he taught and performed for 2 years in Milan, and in 1992 studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory. He spent 17 years in Sydney playing in the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and as a concert artist was heard on ABC FM radio. Currently his CD recordings are heard on Radio NZ concert FM. His conducting includes performances in Sydney with the Sydney Mozart Players, the Christchurch Symphony, Radio Tbilisi Orchestra and St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra the Wellington City Opera, New Zealand regional orchestras, youth orchestras and operatic productions.

The inspiration for this programme came from an evening eating racelette  and we chose music which takes us on an imaginary journey that adds the spice of life. We journey back in time to the court of Louis XV with Jean-Marie Leclair’s Triosonata in D and Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie for Violin and Harp takes us into the evocative world of French Romantic music.  NZ composer Lissa Meridan who lives in Paris wrote a short piece for solo harp for this program, and Jacques Ibert’s Deux Interludes.adds a Spanish flavour. Christchurch composer Alex van den Broek has written a trio for flute, violin & harp, then African pygmy music meets classical flute & harp in Rain Forest, by NZ’s dearly loved and recently passed composer Jack Body. Back to France with Fauré’s Après un Rêve (after a dream) and we perform the luscious Suite for Flute, Violin & Harp by Englishman Eugène Goossens who lived much of his life in Australia. Bon Voyage !


Jean-Marie Leclair (1697 – 1764) 11’

Triosonata in D major, Op 13 No 2:  flute, violin, harp

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) 

Fantaisie Op.124 pour Violon et Harpe  13'

Lissa Meridan (1972 -)

Feux follets for solo harp (new commission)  5'

Jacques Ibert (1890 – 1962)

Deux Interludes: flute, violin, harp  7'

- Andante espressivo

- Allegro vivo


Alex van den Broek (1980 - ) 

Five Folk Songs (New commission) for flute, violin & harp  10'

Jack Body (1944 – 2015)

Rain Forest  : flute, alto flute, harp  16'
- Hunting Song
- Returning from a Hunt
- Lullaby I
- Lament
- Lullaby II
- Children’s Games

Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)

Après un Rêve: violin, harp  3'

Eugène Goossens (1893 – 1962)

Suite for Flute, Violin and Harp, Op. 6  11'
- Impromptu
- Sérénade
- Divertissement