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Helen Webby Touring New Zealand in September

30 Jul 2018 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

For full tour details check out the Arts On Tour NZ website: 

Below you will find for each location a link with more information and ticketing (where I could find it online), the ones not listed will be added as I find the data.  I suspect many will be on to the date.

"Helen loves to take her harp out of the orchestra and on the road where she can share the music and stories related to this magical musical instrument.

On her latest AOTNZ tour she’ll be showcasing the Celtic music of Wales, Ireland and Scotland, along with some glorious Baroque music by J.S. Bach, and then on to Paris and La Belle Epoche with the music of Claude Debussy and Gabriel Faure.

The first half of programme is a mini history of the pedal harp, with pieces chosen to show the development of the double action pedal harp, invented by Frenchman Sebastien Erard.

The second half showcases the Blue Carbonfibre Celtic harp, with music from Brittany, Scotland and Ireland. As well, the Concert harp is plugged in for some jazz surprises – ‘Duke’, inspired by Duke Ellington, and Mozart’s ‘Alla Turca Jazz’.

Helen is also looking forward to playing music written for her solo CD ‘Pluck’ by New Zealand film composer Mark Smythe, nominated for Best Classical CD in the 2013 Music awards, and made into a DVD film ‘Harps Make Fine Companions’, screened by Television New Zealand.

Her programme includes a couple of surprises –a recently discovered harp composition by the father of NZ classical music, Douglas Lilburn, and ‘Blue Smoke’ by Ruru Karaitiana, the first piece of recorded New Zealand music.

Helen plays the Concert Grand, made out of South Island red beech by her brother, well known harp maker Kim Webby, and the Blue carbon fibre Celtic harp, made by luthier Davy Stuart.

Helen Webby

Born in Whangarei, Helen’s passion for the harp began at the age of 12 when her older brother Kim built her an instrument. She studied Concert Harp in Auckland, Holland and Germany and in 1996 completed her master’s degree from the Hochschule for Music in Hamburg. Since 2000, Helen has been Principal Harp with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and also plays with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as other orchestras. She premiered New Zealand works at the 2006 American Harp Society Convention and also tours with Chamber Music New Zealand.


  • Monday 3 September 7pm Lincoln

The Laboratory

$20 over the bar or 03 325 3006

  • Tuesday 4 September 7.30pm Geraldine

St Mary’s Church, Talbot St

$20 Book: LOUK Clothing (No Eftpos)

  • Wednesday 5 September 2pm Bannockburn

Coronation Hall

$10 Tickets on the door

  • Thursday 6 September 7.30pm Wanaka

Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre

$25 Phone to book: 03 4439037/021 481 358

  • Friday 7 September 7.30pm Gore

Eastern Southland Gallery

Adult $25, Members $20, Students $10

Book: Eastern Southland Gallery

  • Saturday 8 September 8pm Invercargill

Masonic Lodge

$25 Book: Ticket direct

  • Sunday 9 September 7.30pm (Doors 7pm) Dunedin

New Edinburgh Folk Club, “50 Dundas” St

GA $25, Concessions $20, DFC members $15

  • Wednesday 12 September 7.30pm Nelson

Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

$30 Book: NCMZ, i-Site, Richmond Mall


  • Thursday 13 September 7.30pm Wellington

Hannah Playhouse

Adult $35,Student (with ID) $30, Seniors $30, Groups of 6 or more $30

Groups of 15 or more $25 (Service fees apply)


  • Friday 14 September 7.30pm New Plymouth

4th Wall Theatre

Adult $25, Student $10


  • Saturday 15 September 7.30pm Coromandel

The Club Woollams Ave

$25, Concessions $20

Book: The Information Centre Coromandel

  • Wednesday 19 September 8pm Norsewood

The Old Dairy Factory

$20 on the door

  • Thursday 20 September Dinner 6.30pm for 7.30pm Waipawa

CHB Municipal Theatre

$25 plus Dinner add on $20


  • Saturday 22 September Dinner from 6pm for 8pm Mapua

The Playhouse Theatre

$20 Book: The Playhouse

  • Sunday 23 September 8pm Onekaka

The Mussel Inn

$15 on the door

  • Tuesday 25 September 8pm Barrytown

Barrytown Hall

$20 door sales(cash)

  • Wednesday 26 September 7.30pm Hokitika

Old Lodge Theatre

$20 Book: Hokitika’s Regent Theatre

  • Sunday 30 September 4pm Darfield

Selwyn Gallery

Adult $25, Student $15

Book: Selwyn Gallery 03 3188 702


Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse."

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