Resonance Ensemble
was established in F
ebruary 2012, to meet the needs of Christchurch's musical community.

The main aim was to bridge the gap between local amateur orchestras and the city's professional orchestra, offering high-calibre musicians the opportunity to play to a high standard.

The orchestra meets weekly and presents concerts of a wide range of  repertoire under the guidance of conductors including Mark Hodgkinson, Anthony Ferner, Philip Norman, Beth Cohen, Helen Renaud and Tony Ryan.

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The French Connection
 1 pm, Sunday 25  November 
The Gaiety, Akaroa

Conductor: Tony Ryan


Resonance Ensemble from Christchurch will present a programme of diverse and enticing orchestral masterpieces in its final concert of 2018.

Because of Akaroa’s special history, everything in this concert has a connection to the land of berets, baguettes, romance and croissants.  Bizet’s youthful and effervescent Symphony in C and Fauré’s exquisite and popular Pavane are, of course, French to the core. But other works on the programme also have strong French connections, from Vaughan Williams’ wistful and nostalgic The Lark Ascending completed after his wartime experience in France, to Manuel de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, written for Diaghilev’s Paris-based Russian Ballet, and Sarasate’s spectacular Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), another Spanish composer, although he lived for most of his life in France.

Conductor Tony Ryan has chosen music that will appeal to everyone, beginning with Suppé’s sparkling Light Cavalry Overture. All of these pieces reflect corners of the repertoire that are less practical for traditional orchestras and which Resonance Ensemble has delighted in bringing to life – they are sure the audience will enjoy them just as much as the orchestra has enjoyed rehearsing them.

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A noteworthy feature of the concert will be two works featuring violin soloist Cathy Irons, including New Zealand’s favourite classical musical work (according to RNZ’s annual ranking based on listeners’ votes), The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Cathy played in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa before emigrating to Christchurch in 1997.  She is currently a first violinist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and also performs regularly with Tres Cordes String Trio and the Classical Jazz Quartet. Cathy has broadcast on South African Radio and TV, Radio NZ Concert, Plains FM and CTV, and regularly performs recitals and chamber music concerts throughout NZ.