Sunday 16 May 4 pm
Warkworth Town Hall

Robert Ibell - cello
Rachel Thomson - piano

Manuel de FALLA | Suite Populaire Espagnole
Salina FISHER |  Mono no aware
Clara SCHUMANN | Three Romances, op 22
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH | “Adagio” & “Springtime Waltz” from The Limpid Stream
Nadia BOULANGER | Three Pieces for Cello & Piano
Johannes BRAHMS | Sonata no 2 in F, op 99


Robert IbeII and Rachel Thomson offer a elightful programme demonstrating the breadth of expression and depth of emotion found in the cello-piano repertoire. Cello Romance presents music that comes from the heart. Full of contrasting emotions and moods, it explores the musical and personal relationships between five well-known composers.

Robert IbeII (cello) was born in Dannevirke and brought up in Palmerston North. While training there as a schoolteacher he learned cello from Judith Hyatt in Wellington. Since 1993 Robert has been a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He is an experienced chamber musician, cello teacher, chamber music coach and adjudicator. Formerly the cellist of the Nevine Ouartet, Robert has been a member of the Aroha Quartet since 2009. He also plays in contemporary music group Stroma, fortepiano/cello duo Hammers & Horsehair and indie/folk/rock proup Milkthistle. Robert is a Recording Artist for Radio NZ Concert.

Rachel Thomson (piano) was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and grew up in Wellington where she began her piano studies with her mother. She went on to study with Judith Clark, graduating from Victoria University of Wellington before continuing her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the United States, where she gained a doctorate in piano performance. Rachel is a member of various chamber ensembles including the Koru Trio and has worked as an orchestral pianist with the NZSO, Orchestra Wellington, and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She has been a national recording artist for Concert FM and recorded for Trust Records with flutist Bridget Douglas, and she is active as a teacher, adjudicator and accompanist.