“After almost 50 years as a professional musician I have decided to retire, hang up my fingers, call it quits and begin a new phase of my fortunate life” – Michael Houstoun

Michael Houstoun’s concerts have been a constant joy to Waikanae Music Society audiences since he first played here in 1986. Joining him for this very special occasion will be Donald Armstrong’s popular Amici Ensemble in a programme devoted to the music of J.S. Bach.

The Amici Ensemble will open the concert with a delightful Trio Sonata for flute, violin and cello with harpsichord continuo, preparing the way for Michael’s solo performance of the great D Major Partita. After the interval the nine-strong Amici Ensemble will play the well-known Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with its solo parts for two flutes. Then all performers join forces for the highlight of the concert – Michael Houstoun playing the Keyboard Concerto in D minor, to end a memorable concert and to provide a stirring farewell to Waikanae Music Society’s much-admired favourite pianist.


Bach: Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Bach: Partita No 4 in D, BWV 828
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052