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Boutique Chamber Music Festival in Mt Eden

Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival
Mt Eden Village Centre
October 30 – November 1

Eden Arts has announced the concert line-up for this year’s Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival. The Festival in the heart of Mt Eden Village has become one of Auckland’s must-see cultural events and has had audiences thrilled with the concept, programming and quality of performances. Now in its fifth year, the event features some of the country’s major chamber music performers with three programmes over the weekend. The concerts take place over the weekend of the 30th October, starting on Friday evening though to the final Sunday afternoon concert.

Artistic Director Simeon Broom (violin), who founded the Festival in 2016 in collaboration with the Eden Arts Trust, is joined by Auckland musicians James Bush (cello) and David Samuel (viola) on Friday evening for a trio performance of J.S Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations.

The Saturday evening concert will be a song recital, with a young singer already hugely popular in the world of opera and song in New Zealand and abroad, Amelia Berry. She is joined on piano by Rosemary Barnes, who has been a leading figure in vocal collaboration for many years. Their programme features a variety of song repertoire, from the emotionally laden Proses Lyriques by Debussy to Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

On Sunday afternoon there will be a performance by the internationally acclaimed New Zealand String Quartet. Their dynamic and compelling performances have been at the forefront of chamber music in this country for over 30 years. Honouring the 250th  anniversary of his birth, their first work is one of the great early quartets by Beethoven, Op.18 No.6.

They follow this with Smetana’s 2nd String Quartet. The hour-long  concerts take place in the beautiful historic church of the Mt Eden Village Centre, which has proved to be an ideal acoustic and setting for audiences to enjoy and fully experience the intimacy of the performances.

There is a discount for the full 3-concert series and it is recommended you book early due to the limited seating. The Eden Arts Trust has supported the arts in the wider Mt Eden area for over 30 years. For more information visit For ticket bookings, email

Friday, October 30, 6.30pm

J S Bach, Goldberg Variations

Simeon Broom (violin), David Samuel (viola), James Bush (cello)

Saturday, October 31, 6.30pm
Barber, Debussy, Rodrigo, Strauss

Amelia Berry (soprano) and Rosemary Barnes (piano)

Sunday November 1, 3pm
Smetena String Quartet No 2

NZ String Quartet

For ticket bookings, email

By johndpart

Arts reviewer for thirty years with the National Business Review

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