New Zealand’s finest woodwind players combine to form the creamy and colourful sounds of Zephyr.
Comprising principal players in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Zephyr has been described as rivalling world-famous chamber ensembles. The members are all experienced chamber musicians and perform with groups including Flight and contemporary ensemble Stroma.
The programme is filled with humour, melancholy, energy, melody and beautiful lyricism.
In Auckland, Gallic wit and elegance characterise Françaix’s Quintet for Woodwinds while New Zealand works feature from Ken Wilson and Ross Harris.
Bridget Douglas – flute
Ed Allen – horn
Robert Weekes – bassoon
Robert Orr – oboe
Philip Green – clarinet
“From the light-hearted to the serious, the programme showcases the wind quintet from every perspective, and demonstrates the lyricism and athletic strengths of this versatile ensemble.” – Bridget Douglas, Zephyr
“The players immediately showed that wonderful ability to create a beautifully blended sound when needed, but also a distinctive timbre …” – The Tribune
Françaix | Quintet for Woodwinds
Ross Harris | New work for solo horn
Ken Wilson | Wind Quintet
Hindemith | Kleine Kammermusik Opus 24
John Harbison | Wind Quintet
Ibert | Three Short Pieces for Quintet