SATURDAY 21ST JULY
Warkworth Town Hall
Anna McGregor - Clarinet
Manu Berkeljon - Violin
Taru Kurki - Piano
The Klara Kollektiv was formed in 2016 as a free-form ensemble in extension of the work done by the Dalecarlia Clarinet Quintet. Anna and Manu chose a name for the group that reflected their connection to Sweden but was an easily pronounceable word for English speakers. Klar in Swedish means clear, transparent or lucid and klara can mean to clarify. The River Klara is the longest river in Sweden and runs past Anna's apartment in the city of Karlstadt. For some convenient alliteration the Swedish spelling of the word 'collective' has been incorporated. The collective incorporates core members of the previous ensemble together with guest musicians in various constellations. Emphasis is put on the connection between standard repertoire and new music. The Dalecarlia Clarinet Quintet's 2014 CMNZ tour culminated in the recording of an album ‘Fjärran - in the distance’, New Zealand music for clarinet and string quartet. Released by Atoll Records this CD won Best Classical Album 2016 at the New Zealand Music Awards.
Anthony Ritchie | Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Sibelius | Romance and Humoresque (violin/piano)
Khachaturian | Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Lilburn | Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
Bartok | Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
The programme begins with the premiere of a new work by New Zealand composer Anthonie Ritchie, while the colourful, gypsy rhapsodies of Khachaturian’s youthful Trio perfectly complement the mesmerizing, poetic Hungarian dances of Bartók’s Contrasts.
Click here to see a video of Manu Berkeljon playing Violin Sonata No.3 by Anthony Ritchie.