Sunday 31 July marked the first performance of our national tour of Call of the Huia – an entertaining, informative and fascinating journey of discovery through the forgotten world of the Art Song of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Presented by Michael Vinten and featuring performers Oliver Sewell, Catrin Johnsson, Wade Kernot and Bruce Greenfield at The Piano, Christchurch, Call of the Huia was filled with interesting stories, beautiful music and stunning performances.
Here is some of the feedback received:
“We move through six sections of three short songs each, in which the talented singers, Oliver Sewell, Catrin Johnsson and Wade Kernot take turns performing in their own style accompanied by pianist Bruce Greenfield. Michael Vinten introduces each section, explaining it in fascinating detail with little tidbits of knowledge, musical and cultural secrets from history the audience can take away with them. The show is rounded off by an emotive trio performance of ‘My Own New Zealand Home’ by famous astronomer John Grigg, a song which was once considered by many to be an unofficial national anthem.” – Cityscape, Christchurch