By TRACEY ROXBURGH
Talk about rare.
Take a 265-year-old violin, which has already survived several plagues prior to Covid-19, a mega-jeweller and a 12-year-old prodigy — representing two generations of their family — and you’ve got a series of concerts, the likes of which Queenstown’s never seen before.
Next month Sir Michael Hill will play his rare violin, The Southern Star, in classical concerts with his grandson, Jacob, who started playing the violin with his grandad during the lockdown, and professional pianist Kinga Krupa.
Jacob’s mum, Emma — Sir Michael’s daughter — says next month’s concerts will be special for the family, and they’ll be used to benefit the community.
‘‘Jacob’s been learning the violin since he was three.
‘‘During the pandemic he started playing Vivaldi with his grandad.
‘‘It’s pretty special — two generations, [a] 12 and 81-year-old, can share this experience together, and inspire others.’’
The two concerts will include music by Vivaldi, Bach, Liszt, Massenet, Faure and Debussy.
The trio will perform first at The Lodge at The Hills on September 24, from 7pm, and then on September 27, from 4pm, at the Thomas Brown Gallery.
Tickets are available from www.wakatipucommunityfoundation.co.nz — all proceeds from both concerts will be given to the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund.
That was established at the beginning of the lockdown to help the community recovery.
Money raised through the fund helps address gaps in central government assistance to the most vulnerable or worst-affected by Covid in the community, and 100% of funds raised are being distributed to front-line charities to reduce their fundraising stress.