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12-Aug-2022

Grayson Masefield Performs with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra – New Zealand

Christchurch Accordion Orchestra
Benjamin NortheyThe Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) invited Grayson Masefield to join them for an interesting project earlier this year for a performance on Saturday 30th July. Azul by Golijov, was originally commissioned for Yo-Yo Ma and ‘hyper-accordion’, was to be performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, in one of the 10 best acoustically designed Town Halls in the world - the new Christchurch Town Hall.

The cellist from London, Matthew Barley, and Auckland accordionist Grayson Masefield, were joined by 2 local percussionists to form an obligato group. The score also called for a non-traditional seating arrangement of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra to surround them.

Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey was delighted at the success of the sound the work created. The audience really appreciated the contemporary piece, giving the 30 minute work the longest and loudest applause of the evening.

Radio New Zealand recorded the performance, with this link to be available shortly. The New Zealand Accordion Association President, Treasurer, and Secretary attended along with members of the Canterbury Accordion Association.

CSO interview with Grayson Masefield: CSO-GraysonInterview.pdf
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
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