Old Masonic Hall 

5:00 pm


Peter Maunder - Trombone
Ingrid Bauer - Harp

Parp! is an innovative new ensemble based in Wellington. Although harp and trombone may seem an unlikely combination, it has tremendous scope for taking both instruments on new adventures. Parp! play a wide range of repertoire, from contemporary classical, to jazz, to popular songs of the 30s and 40s. Every concert is inventive, vibrant, and filled with unexpected delights.

Opposites Attract: Programme to include

Basta                                                Folke Rabe

La Source                                        Alphonse Hasselmans

Ngarotopounamu                            Peter Maunder

Ancient Walls                                   Sergiu Natra

Three Songs                                    Cole Porter

Intermezzo Op.118 No.2                Johannes Brahms

Take Five                                         Paul Desmond

At Last                                             Jack Gordon & Harry Warren


Opposites Attract is a presentation of what might appear at first to be an unlikely combination.  It begins with Basta, a dynamic outburst for solo trombone with a kaleidoscope of sounds and virtuoso techniques. This is followed by the most angelic and archetypal harp music by Hasselmans. At this point of the concert the “opposites” are seemingly intractable, however, the capabilities and opportunities presented by these instruments are then explored through original works, transcriptions and arrangements. The opposites are not only displayed between the instruments; each in turn visit’s the flip side of what would usually be expected. The result is revelatory, the trombone is completely at home with the pathos and expression of romantic songs and the harp revels in the smoky late night world of jazz and blues.
All arrangements and transcriptions are by Peter Maunder.

Peter Maunder has a wealth of experience as a symphonic trombonist with major orchestras in the UK, as well as more than 20 years in the NZSO. He is currently Principal Trombone with Orchestra Wellington. His recital and chamber music concerts have involved partnerships with brass, percussion, piano, organ, voice, and harp, often performing his own compositions and arrangements.

Harpist Ingrid Bauer has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in seven countries, including performances at the 2014 Huntington Estate Music Festival in Australia. She is a regular guest player with the NZSO and plays Principal Harp with Orchestra Wellington. Ingrid is also a founding member of the Australian-based harp septet SHE.