Warkworth Music has an exciting programme of seven concerts and two other musical events for 2017.
Our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21st February will be different from the normal AGM as we will be entertained by the brother & sister duo The Twiolins after the business of the meeting is concluded, so be sure to attend it.
Then on Sunday 11th June we will have a special screening of the film Crossing Rachmaninoff at the Matakana Cinemas at 4.00 p.m. It documents Flavio Villani's preparation for his first performance of the famous piano concerto and it will be shown two weeks before Flavio himself performs a piano recital for us. In addition to the glorious music this is a wonderful insight into the life of a concert performer and should not be missed.
Warkworth Music is a local group dedicated to providing affordable, top class classical musical performances at local venues which are easily accessible. It began life as The Rodney Music Club over 40 years ago with the object of stimulating interest in and appreciation of music by arranging a series of concerts each year. Introducing young people to classical music has always been one of its aims and it remains so today. In 1996 the Club was renamed Warkworth Music Society and nowadays it goes under the simpler title of Warkworth Music. Its committee arranges a subscription series of varied genres ranging from chamber music to jazz and during the year some extra events may be advertised to our membership. At all our concerts the performers are of a very high calibre and often have international experience.
Warkworth Music owns its own Yamaha concert grand piano, which is well regarded by pianists. Until the middle of 2017 the piano had been stored at Mahurangi College for concerts requiring the piano, but now that the restoration of the Town Hall has been completed we have a permanent home for it at last. The Society has donated and raised a total of $12,000 for the restoration fund and we were fortunate to have Flavio Villani play the piano in its new home on 25th June 2017. Other venues we use are The Belfry at Ascension Winery, the Old Masonic Hall in Warkworth, the Snell's Beach School Hall and the Matakana Village Hall. At all venues audiences are much closer to the musicians than in a large hall, giving a different and special experience, and very often performers are available to talk to audience members after the performance.
Some concerts are arranged through Chamber Music New Zealand with funding from Creative New Zealand and, although it is accurate at time of publication, information on this website is subject to change. Warkworth Music reserves the right to change programme content or artists without prior notice.