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7.30pm Tuesday 16th February, 2021

The Riverbank Centre, Reyburn House Lane


Violinist Fiona Pears and guitarist Connor Hartley-Hall share a love of Gypsy jazz. This music was originally made famous by legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and French virtuoso violinist Stéphane Grappelli, when they formed the 'Quintette du Hot Club de France' back in the 1930s.
Fiona and Connor will be performing a mix of fiery Gypsy jazz, heartwarming ballads and some well known classics such as ‘ Czardas ‘ and ‘Dark Eyes’.  The show will be exciting and dynamic; a musical experience not to be missed.

Fiona Pears
Violinist and composer Fiona Pears, has performed and recorded internationally over the past 15 years. She has appeared everywhere from Birmingham symphony hall and the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club in London through to Joe’s pub in New York and the very loved Donovan’s store in Okarito. Fiona has also been a soloist with the Liverpool Philharmonic, Christchurch Symphony and Trust Waikato Symphony orchestras. Her fiery mix of Tango and Gypsy Jazz alongside soulful ballads will keep any audience on the edge of their seats.

Connor Hartley-Hall
Guitarist Connor Hartley-Hall grew up in Akaroa. As a teenager he found a passion for improvisation and over the past 10 years has been performing in a myriad of settings.
An extraordinary master of the Gypsy Jazz style played by legends such as Django Reinhardt and Biréli Lagrène. Connor has made himself a name as one of the top guitarists in the country performing this style of music.


The Murder Of My Aunt

A play by Peter Eyre. Based on the novel by Richard Hull published in 1934

These were held with great success.

Watch this space for cast list!


Edward Powell lives with his Aunt Mildred in the Welsh town of Llwll. His aunt thinks Llwll an
idyllic place to live, but Edward loathes the countryside - and thinks the company even worse.

In fact, Edward has decided to murder his aunt. A darkly humorous depiction of fraught family ties.



Edward – 20-35 years - a rather idle, effete young man, somewhat overweight
Aunt Mildred – 55-70 years – a spinster of fairly sharp intelligence
Mary – 18-25 years –a maid – skittish around Edward
Innes – 20 -35 years – a gawky, angular young man, easily led
Dr Spencer- 50+ - is distinguished looking, exudes confidence
Mrs Spencer – 45+ - she is unassuming and neatly dressed [needs good facial expressions]


The Murder of my Aunt

8-17 April 2021

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The Riverbank Centre, Reyburn House Lane Whangarei. 
PO Box 692, Whangarei 0140, New Zealand.

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