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Inspired by Sea and sky

An evening of contemporary art music inspired by sea and sky. Stroma New Music Ensemble will take you on an evocative evening of chamber music evoking the sea and sky. Sometimes quiet and contemplative, other times tempestuous and stormy, Stroma performs six works from around the world that are inspired by the natural environment.

John Rimmer’s piece, Where Sea Meets Sky 2, originally written in 1975, was inspired by a trans-Tasman plane journey, in which the composer was entranced by the qualities of light and play when looking out of his window at the horizon of the Tasman Sea. The audience will be transported into a world of sea and sky by projections of photographs by iconic New Zealand photographer Craig Potton. Deirdre Gribbin’s dark and mesmerising string quartet, What the Whaleship Saw, is based on the gruesome story of survival and cannibalism amongst the crew of the Nantucket whaler, the Essex, after it was wrecked by a whale. Also featured is the iconic brass work Fog Tropes by Ingram Marshall, which featured in the soundtrack to the feature film Shutter Island. Other works in the concert include the luminous shades of 13 Couleurs du Soleil Couchant (13 Colours of the Setting Sun) by Tristan Murail, the hypnotic minimalism of Reflections by young Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and the evocative bass flute and harp work Pearls of the Sea by Eve de Castro-Robinson.

There will be a pre-concert talk with composer John Rimmer at 6.45pm. The concert also celebrates the iconic works of one of New Zealand’s most experienced, senior composers, John Rimmer, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2019.


  • Thursday 30 May, 7.30pm

Prices*: Adult $30.00; Student (with ID) $20.00 *Service fees may apply. 

Performance duration approx. 1 hour 20 minutes (no. interval). Latecomers will be seated when appropriate. Tickets are for general admission seating. See Ticketing T&Cs for the Hannah's policies on phones, photos and large items


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Tristan Murail • Treize couleurs du soleil couchant (NZ premiere)

Eve de Castro-Robinson • Pearls of the Sea

Anna Thorvaldsdottir • Reflections (NZ premiere)

John Rimmer • Where Sea Meets Sky 2

Ingram Marshall • Fog tropes (NZ premiere)

Deirdre Gribbin • what the whaleship saw (NZ premiere)

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Stroma is an artistic team bringing bold and immersive musical experiences to New Zealand for nearly 20 years. We foster and champion the music of today, focusing on distinctive and compelling musical voices.