The Weekend Sun Competition

Waikato University-based duo Lara Hall and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes present a programme of Georgian violin music, full of elegance, drama and the spontaneous flair that their performances are known for. 


At the heart of the programme are a set of 18th Century English sonatas by Joseph Gibbs. These have recently come to be considered of musicological importance but are as yet relatively unknown to listeners. The sonatas, which encompass a great variety of styles, take the listener on a journey with many entirely unexpected twists and turns.


Gibbs’ sonatas are accompanied by pieces by Playford and Handel, extending the programme to encompass a wide spectrum of English music and social strata.


Lara Hall is lecturer in Violin and Viola at the University of Waikato and concertmaster of Opus Orchestra and a member of the New Zealand Chamber Soloists


Rachael Griffiths-Hughes is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Music at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, where she teaches Music History, Harpsichord and Organ and Musicianship.


The duo play for Tauranga Musica at Tauranga Park Auditorium, 383 Pyes Pa Road, on Sunday, August 23 from 4pm.


Tickets at the door and from:


The Weekend Sun has one double pass to see Lara Hall and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes play for Tauranga Musica for one lucky reader.


Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Jo Rutten!