This week the Heath Quartet travel to New Zealand for their debut tour of the country. Taking place over two weeks the quartet will give concerts in Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch with a programme of Bach, Haydn, Britten, and a new commission from New Zealand composer Gareth Farr. The new commission, Te Kōanga (meaning Spring or “planting season” in Te Reo Maori), is “a celebration of life and regeneration, and the happiness that the return of the sun gives us“. They will also run a workshop with the local Sistema Aoteraroa in Auckland and give special education concerts in Wellington and Dunedin.
After returning they travel to Lockenhaus Festival in Austria where they perform Jörg Widmann’s string quartets over a series of concerts. This cycle has been one of the focal points of their season.
Looking ahead to the 2018/19 season the quartet will return to North America for recitals in, among others, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto. They also return to the Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin and continue their relationship with Wigmore Hall, London with several concerts across the season.