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Magical musical notes at the HGAF

You’ll find musical cheers aplenty at 2019’s Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival​ (HGAF). This summer visitors to the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival will be treated to everything from opera to folk, rock music to symphonies, choirs to jazz violin. And even thought the dominant colour in the gardens is green, some musicals will even play the blues because every year the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival tunes up for a musical extravaganza, making for exquisite sounds in exquisite spaces.

Mama Kin Spender

Long-time friends, Aria-nominated Mama Kin and acclaimed producer Tommy Spender are a stunning combination. They joined forces in 2016 to create their debut album Golden Magnetic. Come and hear this stripped back duo and their unique sound – expect brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies. Performing on the opening night of HGAF 19, this amazing performance will feature a collaboration with a group of local Waikato singers, Nick’s Britches, who add their unique sound to this one-off performance. Part of the Mama Kin Spender recording, and performance model is to engage with locally based choirs in the towns that they perform in; to engage directly with the communities they tour to and experience the different sound of every place. “ Mama Kin Spender produce a set that epitomises what this festival is – Kin drumming upright with a voice that builds and projects, Spender on guitar, a twenty (or so)-piece choir, they breathe soul and vitality into the place”  Rolling Stone Magazine

We know you will love and not want to miss this one-time performance on opening night Wednesday 20 February at 7pm on the Rhododendron Lawn.

Luca Ciarla SolOrkestra

Italian violin wizard Luca Ciarla takes the stage with a violin, a few toy instruments and a loop pedal to create unique arrangements of traditional Italian folk tunes with an unconventional twist. Come and hear Luca play the violin like a guitar, a cello and as percussion. All the parts are performed live and he creates an amazing solo orchestra with virtuosic flair and incredibly improvisatory genius. The show will feature unusual arrangements of traditional Italian folk tunes, music from the Mediterranean and original compositions to create “A magical acoustic seduction.” Il Fatto Quotidiano. Don’t miss hearing Luca and the once only show at this year’s festival on Friday February 22 on the stage at the Rhododendron Lawn.


Full programme available at ​ and tickets are on sale at Ticketek. ​

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Elisabeth Easther – 021 185 6619 or

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