Baroque Music Community and Educational
Trust of New Zealand
The Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand brings beautiful Baroque music in authentic interpretation and of high quality to communities across the South Island of New Zealand. Baroque music on period instruments is unique not only for its beauty, but for it's ability to sooth the human nervous system. This is because the tuning used is slightly lower then modern instruments, which puts less stress on the instruments, and thus less tension is transferred in the vibrations of the sound.
In collaboration with the Champion Centre and Julie Wylie Musical Play, the Baroque trust puts on regular concerts for young children aimed at ages from 0-7 years old.
"When invited to see Tomas play a Cello concert at The Champion Centre with my Son, born premature at 25 weeks, I was eager to see my sons reaction. He did not lose focus of Tomas the entire show and even decided to dance for the very first time. As many mums can relate, these moments are the most memorable."
- Nikita Thompson Bach Children's Concert
We support emerging young artists in cooperation with the University of Canterbury, giving young musicians a chance to perform for audiences alongside professional musicians.
We organize workshops and masterclasses featuring world renowned masters in the Baroque music field and often in cooperation with other organizations such as University of Canterbury and Chamber Music New Zealand. These workshops are offered to students, professionals and amateurs alike. Workshops are free and open to the public.
We bring high quality and entertaining music to communities large and small including Christchurch, Timaru, Invercargill, Wanaka, Oamaru, Greymouth, Dunedin and Nelson so everyone has a chance to experience Baroque music in authentic style on period instruments
"I loved the concert on Tuesday here in Timaru and so did my friends. I felt I was at Versailles in France!
The addition of Mareike was a bonus, we enjoyed her dancing and also her commentary and explanation of the history of dance at that time, and its setting in the Baroque period.
I loved her costumes too.
Thank everyone involved for coming to little Timaru, we are appreciative of the group including Timaru in their itinerary.
Please pass on our thanks and appreciation – it was a wonderful performance." - concert goer in Timaru 2018
Concerts (after) are also an opportunity for the public to interact with the musicians and ask questions about the music, the performance and the instruments. Children under 14 are admitted free of charge.
"Very precise moves, slow and sensuous or cautiously frivolous, but proudly elegant at all times."
- Otago Daily Times
"Jonathan Le Cocq, a master of the Baroque guitar and Theorbo, gave a masterful performance throughout and delighted the audience with his rendition of Canario by de Murcia which would have inspired even the most professional guitarist.
Douglas Mews is a world class exponent of the harpsichord which he showed to full capacity throughout. His performance of Handel’s Suite No.2 was spellbinding."
- Nelson Mail
Ticket sales make up just 60% of the revenue needed to make the concerts happen. We heavily rely on financial donations and in kind support (for example housing and feeding the musicians and rehearsal space, administration, hire of van for transportation for tour, hire of harpsichord and advertisement through CSO). No donation is too small or too large.
The Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand is a charitable trust with Registration Number CC52394. A receipt will be issued for all donations. All donors will be entitled to a tax rebate or refund equal to on third of the total donation.
021 075 7791
Registration Number (Charitable Trust)