Concert promises sizzle

The Morton Trio: From left, Liam Wooding, Alexander Morton and Arna Morton.

Three highly acclaimed emerging Kiwi musicians will play at the Warkworth Town Hall on Sunday, August 11.

The trio is made up of French horn player Alexander Morton, his wife and violinist Arna Morton and their good friend of many years, pianist Liam Wooding.  

Warkworth Music spokesperson Lisa Outwin says the trio’s special bond gives their performances sensitivity and sizzle, and they are all extremely passionate about engaging communities through their performances.

She says their programme is full of lush works that explore the rich sonorities possible when a horn replaces the cello in a conventional trio.

The programme will include works by Richard Bissell, Benjamin Britten and Johannes Brahms.

Alex and Arna hail from Christchurch, while Liam comes from Whanganui.

The trio is currently living in Melbourne and studying at the Australian National Academy of Music and the University of Melbourne.

They won the 2018 Pettman/ROSL Arts Chamber Ensemble Music Scholarship and will be touring the UK later this year.

Alex is in demand across Australia and New Zealand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.

He plays with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Sydney, Tasmanian, Christchurch and New Zealand symphony orchestras.

Arna Morton moved to Wellington in 2009 to complete her Bachelor and Masters degrees in violin at the New Zealand School of Music under Helene Pohl of the New Zealand String Quartet.

Liam Wooding studied under Rae de Lisle and Katherine Austin and completed a Master of Music degree at the University of Waikato.

The performance starts at 4pm. Tickets $35 at the door, school students free.


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