Blacksheepfarm is proud to once again present an event in the Grand Lounge of the Country Homestead.
Sunday 10 July 3.30pm
Country Homestead at Black Sheep Farm, 1034 Cove Rd, Waipu Cove.
Tickets $40 – Concert and refreshments afterwards
Lisa and Anthony are hosting an exciting Sunday afternoon musical concert, featuring some of Northland’s finest talent. Clare Penny (flute), Atsuko Fukuoka (piano) and Emma Couper (the Diva of Waipu) will be performing a lovely programme of music from the classical, contemporary and gypsy genres with a little bit of European thrown in. They hope to bring back a bit of the past, where Chamber music was historically performed in people’s homes. As Richard Henry Walthew described in a 1909 lecture as “the music of friends”.
The Concert will be followed by some light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers, catch up with familiar faces and meet new members in our community.
There will be one show only and the seats are limited. The Uphof’s are very passionate in young people participating in theatre and specifically in performance music. To give interested young people the experience of chamber music concert, the Uphofs are offering 10 free tickets for music students under 16 to be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
About the Artists
Clare Penny, Flautist
Has been playing music since the age of three, and trained with the highly regarded German conductor and flautist Uwe Grodd. Her musical career has been on an upward trajectory since it began, encompassing a degree in flute performance, and living, teaching and performing in New Zealand, Europe and China. With husband Chris, 2013 saw the launch of The Flute Farm, a boutique purpose- built music venue at her home in Kerikeri. Clare and Chris have already hosted leading musicians from NZ and overseas in a series of privately- run musical gatherings, which have grown in numbers as word has spread.
Atsuko Fukuoka, Pianist
Atsuko became conductor for the Whangarei Youth Music advanced string ensemble. She has held concerts in Whangarei with other local musicians, and since 2009 has been a regional Northland District organiser for the National Secondary School Chamber Music Competition. She supports and accompanies contestants each year in the annual Northland Performing Arts Competition, has held accompaniment seminars for local pianists, supports and accompanies renowned visiting musicians. The Whangarei District Council has awarded a Civic Honour to Atsuko Fukuoka in recognition of her outstanding dedication to the growth of orchestral music in Whangarei and the nurturing of young musical talent.
Emma Couper, Singer
Emma Couper began singing lessons with Joan Kennaway when she was 11 years old until the age of 15. On her return to Whangarei several years ago, she took up where she had left off developing her stunning coloratura voice. She now sings as a principal soloist with Opera North and is working towards her LTCL Diploma. Emma sings at various events in and around Whangarei. Emma has had success at the Northland Performing Arts competitions gaining first place in eight out of nine classes in 2009 and 2010.
When she is not singing, Emma can be found either teaching, or helping out on the home farm in Waipu where she lives with her husband Simon and 2 sons.