I will be going to the St. James's concert - anyone else?
ps for those that haven't been before, the lunchtime concerts last approx 1 hr and are FREE but you are encouraged to donate £3 to the church restoration fund. Several of us went to see Fiona and Ian here last summer and had a very enjoyable time.
Thanks for sorting out the dates Martin & Richard. I did pick up the dates from Fiona's Facebook, within a few minutes of her posting them - I guess perhaps it was a little premature. Anyway, I will be at the St James concert for sure. Look forward to seeing some of you!!
Fiona will be appearing with Hot Club Sandwich at two concerts in Wellington (NZ) next month. She will be at Old St Paul's on Good Friday, 2nd April 2010, and at Lembas Cafe, Raumati on Saturday 3rd April 2010.
She will also be giving a lunchtime concert in the Great Hall, Christchurch Arts Centre on Thursday 20th May 2010.
There's more. Fiona will also be appearing in concert with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra at the Founders Theatre, Hamilton on Saturday 13th November 2010, and at the Convention Centre, Rotorua on Sunday 14th November 2010.
It is interesting that Fiona & Ian are in the UK for such a short time this time round. There are only two gig's sofar for the UK and Aug & Sept there is nothing as yet and then they are back here in NZ to start performing in early October,which looks like a busy schedule this end..........interesting.
Hopefully Belinda will see you at the concert,I would think Ross will no doubt show up too.
By Angela Crompton - The Marlborough Express Last updated 09:35 19/08/2010
Virtuoso violinist and composer Fiona Pears is back in New Zealand this month and plays in Blenheim on Saturday with Wellington gypsy jazz band Hot Club Sandwich.
Originally from Christchurch, Pears lives in London now where she is building her career as an international soloist and recording artist. She has toured with former Christchurch singer Hayley Westenra for the past few years and on her own plays a mix of classical and Celtic music, along with some Stephane Grappelli-style gypsy jazz.
It was playing that at a Nelson jazz festival she impressed fellow jazz musicians Hot Club Sandwich.
"We thought she was fabulous and she played a similar type of repertoire," guitarist Andrew London said in a telephone interview last week.
Pears' skills at improvisation means she fits in easily with Hot Club Sandwich.
"We usually select a few traditional, gypsy jazz tunes to collaborate on and we'll probably do a few of her originals, too."
Blenheim was not included in a 31-show, 27-date tour Hot Club Sandwich has just completed around New Zealand but London has good memories of the turnout at Heartland Hotel the last time the group was in this town. An earlier show at the Boathouse Theatre had been a good one, too.
Saturday's concert at the Heartland Hotel starts at 7.30pm (tickets $25).