Classical Expressions 2024 presents

Aurum Duo

Thursday 18 April | 7.30pm

Flute, Cello

The Aurum Duo, flute and cello, features Barbara Hill, a professional flautist from Berlin, Germany, together with Robert Ibell (cello). New Zealand-born flautist Barbara Hill has spent most of her life in Berlin, Germany. She recently returned to her home country and now lives in Wellington. She has had an extensive and successful career as an orchestral and chamber musician, a soloist on international tours as well as a teacher and ensemble coach. After graduating from Auckland University Conservatorium of Music she continued studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music with Peter Lloyd and William Bennett. A scholarship enabled her to pursue postgraduate study in Switzerland and later in Berlin where her teacher was James Galway, at that time solo flute with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the orchestras where she frequently played were the Berlin Chamber Orchestra and the New Symphony Orchestra Berlin, with whom she toured China annually as solo flute from 2011 till 2018.

Flute Music from the Court of Frederick the Great. What was it like to be one of Frederick the Great’s court musicians in 18th century Prussia? They were not only talented instrumentalists but also skilled and inspired composers whose works have survived three centuries without losing their spirit and vibrance. Barbara Hill introduces the music of the Prussian King and his court musicians with quotes and anecdotes, enabling the listeners to enjoy the sonatas in a historical perspective.


Barbara Hill - Flute

Robert Ibell - Cello

Flute Music from the Court of Frederick


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788) Sonata in G major

Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712 – 1786) Sonata in E minor

Anna Amalia of Prussia (1723 – 1787) Sonata in F major Johann

Joachim Quantz (1697 – 1773) Sonata in D major

Franz Benda (1709 – 1786) Sonata in G major

Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712 – 1786) Sonata in E-flat major

Adults $35 | Concession (Friends of Whirinaki/Piano Club/Upper Hutt Music Society) $32 | Student $20 | Booking fees apply to all sales | Bookings required