Stroma is, in my experience, New Zealand’s most exciting and inspiring chamber music ensemble, performing a consistently fresh repertoire with a focus on cutting-edge compositions written in the last 100 years.

This week, however, Stroma’s string quartet teams up with early music specialists to play a sonic feast bridging three millennia of music, all in the beautiful surroundings of Sacred Heart Basilica. ‘Works by New Zealand composers are interleaved with arrangements of Medieval and Renaissance music from composers who truly ‘pushed the boundaries’ of music, often foreshadowing twentieth-century developments. One work is even based on the earliest known notated melody dating from 1400BC, written on a stone tablet.’

For examples of Stroma’s previous work, have a listen at

Kamala Bain (recorders), Rowena Simpson (soprano), Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Rebecca Struthers (vn), Andrew Thomson (va), Rowan Prior (vc)

Works by:
Jack BODY, Heinrich BIBER, Simon EASTWOOD, Johannes CICONIA, Michael NORRIS, Pierre DE LA RUE, Mary BINNEY, Christopher TYE, Karlo MARGETIC, Cipriano DE RORE, Rachael MORGAN, Maki ISHII, Ben VAUTIER, Anon and a world premiere by Chris WATSON

Two Wellington performances (60 minutes each):
Thu 26 June, 6 & 8pm, Sacred Heart Basilica, Thorndon

Tickets $10/$20 from Dash Tickets

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