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Category Five Category Five Reed Quintet

New classical wind quintet to debut in Kapiti.

The Mulled Wine Concert series is proud to present a debut concert for Category Five, a new five-person wind ensemble of top Wellington musicians.

Taking their name from the Beaufort scale, Category Five “formed over a few glasses of wine in Mt Victoria last year”. The group will present their debut concert at the Paekakariki Memorial Hall on 15 July 2012.

Following the lead of an Amsterdam-based group, Califax, these exceptional Wellington wind exponents welcome classical underdog, the saxophone, into the more traditional wind ensemble.

Category Five explore an engaging blend of musical timbres. In the upper registers the saxophone, oboe, and clarinet, combine seamlessly, while marvellously supported in the lower registers by the double-reed bassoon, and single-reed bass clarinet. The quintet will play Mozart's Quintet in C minor, Debussy's “Children's Corner” and a number of shorter pieces.

All members of this quintet rank as exemplary musicians in their own right. Peter Dykes (oboe) is a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Vivacious clarinettist Moira Hurst is the Vector Wellington Orchestra’s principal clarinet. Canadian-born Tui Clark (bass clarinet) is a Klezmer devotee, and a member of the New Zealand Clarinet Quartet. Simon Brew, one of the country’s premier classical saxophonists, received his master’s degree from the Netherlands’ Artez Conservatorium, and plays with Saxcess, and NZSO. Bassoonist Penny Miles is a long-time performer with the Vector Wellington Orchestra and free-lances with the NZSO.

Mulled Wine series organiser, Mary Gow says: The inclusion of the saxophone, not a traditional orchestral instrument, gives Category Five a very distinctive character and makes them a “fresh breeze”.

She says the Mulled Wine Concert series aims to: “present the best in classical music and introduce audiences to new experiences in a beautiful Paekakariki setting with great acoustics”.

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