Rippon Events

Concerti Grossi - Southern Baroque Ensemble, 12th February 2020

The Rippon Hall is thrilled to once again host the Southern Baroque Ensemble, professional period-instrument specialists from New Zealand and abroad on Wednesday 12th February. This year they will be featuring world renowned harpsichord soloist, Edita Keglerova from the Czech Republic. The ensemble will be performing works by Handel, Corelli, Sammartini, Telemann, Vivaldi and included in the repertoire with Bach's Harpsichord Concerto.

Baroque music is a form of classical music from 17th century Europe. It is a time in musical history when melody accompanied by expressive harmony was developed; the form of music that is so common in modern times. This period produced rich and beautiful musical works by composers such as Bach, Vivaldi and Handel. Authentic interpretation of Baroque music on period instruments is unique in that instead of using steel strings as we do today, traditional gut strings are used which produce a more direct clear sound, but need the acoustical amplification of the venue; cathedrals and churches usually being ideal. Also the tuning was lower, which put less stress on the instrument itself and thus the sound coming from the instrument is more soothing to the human nervous system.

Edita Keglerova ? harpsichord (Czech Republic)
Szabolcs Illes ?baroque violin (Hungary)
Tomas Hurnik ? baroque cello (Christchurch NZ)
Jonathan Tanner ? baroque violin (Christchurch NZ)
Rakuto Kurano ? baroque viola (Christchurch NZ)

"Very precise moves, slow and sensuous or cautiously frivolous, but proudly elegant at all times."

"The five musicians managed a very impressive performance with remarkable tempi, unique in many ways for the individuality of single "voices'', particularly virtuoso input from Illes."

- Otago Daily Times

Doors open from 6:30 pm; music starts at 7:30 pm. Come early to enjoy a wine, some nibbles and great company. Following the concert there will be a rare opportunity to?meet the artists over a glass of wine.

Tickets also available at the door ? cash only.?Children under 14 free, max one child per paying adult.

More info at? advanced tickets available via?eventfinda.?Advanced bookings recommended for preferential seating.

Classical Jazz Quartet Concert Poster

Classical Jazz Quartet Concert, 18th October

The Classical Jazz Quartet make a welcome return to Rippon Hall, bringing a timeless collection of classics and infusing them with toe tapping rhythms and jazzy harmonies.

Inspired by Jaques Loussier to blend their musical worlds, three jazz musicians and classical violinist?Cathy?Irons perform familiar and famous works by Bach, Vivaldi and Sarasate, interspersed with popular numbers such as Chaplin's "Smile" and Jacob Gade's "Jealousy."

With informative and engaging commentary, music chosen to make you smile and magnificent views of Lake Wanaka to the Southern Alps and beyond, it's all set for an enjoyable evening ahead. This event is proudly supported by The Rippon Hall, along with the Central Lakes Trust, and the Upper Clutha Arts Council.

Please join us Friday the 18th October, 2019

Doors open from 6:30 pm; Concert starts at 7:30 pm

Tickets available on?

Adult $45
Concession $35
Students $20

Limited door sales available (cash only).
Wine available to purchase.

The idea for the Classical Jazz Quartet began when?Cathy?and Barry were on the West Coast preparing for a Baroque Concert performance. Having a little time on their hands, they started to improvise on their carefully rehearsed repertoire, and have never looked back since. Now CJQ consists of four outstanding professional Christchurch-based musicians:?Cathy?Irons?(violin), Barry Brinson (piano), Michael Davis (bass) and Doug Brush (drums). Each a recognised musician in their own field, the four musicians revel in getting together, ignoring convention and freely cross the boundaries of music with conviction and delight. All have extensive NZ and international experience.

Art exhibition by Anna Gawn: ?Jerusalem: Inside the Walled City?

We are thrilled to have two diverse photography exhibitions by Anna Gawn showcased at The Rippon Hall now through to the end of April.

The primary exhibition features Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, bitterly fought over for centuries and a holy place of enormous significance for three religions. Jerusalem is a place where emotions are extreme: absolute intolerance, delirious joy, vitriolic hatred, profound devotion, corrosive depression and explosive violence.

Anna's husband David, was Head of Mission for UNTSO (United Nations Supervision Organisation). ?His job was to monitor the borders between Israel and its neighbours, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, and to do what he could to 'further the peace'. ?The UN mission was based in Jerusalem.

"I would frequently go into the old walled city of Jerusalem with my camera. I wasn?t thinking of an exhibition when I wandered those ancient streets, I just wanted to capture the residents in their own environment. ?The photos in the exhibition are people going about their day to day lives in an environment that most would find intolerable.?

Anna?s second exhibition features beautiful Italian frescoes.

All works available for purchase.

See Anna?s Work at The Rippon Hall, 11am to 5pm daily throughout March and April

Bach Oboe d'amore

Bach Oboe d'amore Concert, 20th February

The Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand began with Tomas Hurnik, a cellist who had moved from the Czech Republic to live in Christchurch New Zealand. His passion was Baroque music, but there was no existing Baroque Music scene on the South Island. Thus he began bringing musicians from Europe and other areas of New Zealand together to perform and tour New Zealand under the name Beautiful World of Baroque Music. His intention was always to offer the highest quality of Baroque music and educate amateurs and professionals alike in the art and beauty of authentic Baroque interpretation. This tradition has continued to this day with yearly concerts, workshops and tours.

This year the tour will be featuring Brandon Labadie on oboe d'amore from the USA, who will perform with the international string and harpsichord ensemble in authentic baroque style on period instruments. The Rippon Hall is proud to host this?unique programme featuring the ?oboe of love? performing beautiful music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel and others. Click here for additional information about the talented artists.

Wednesday 20th February 2019 | 7.30pm | The Rippon Hall, Wanaka

Advanced online ticket purchase via EventFind recommended - click here
Adult $45; Senior $35; Student $20; Child free*
*Children under 14 free, max one child per paying adult. Additional child $5.

Exhibition by Elissa Eastwood

From 8th November through 18th December, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you an exhibition by Elissa Eastwood.

Eastwood is a Wanaka based artist who is currently completing a Diploma in Design and Decoration from Open Polytechnic New Zealand. She attended the Enmore Design School in Sydney and went on to study Visual Arts at Sydney University with a focus on painting.

When artist Elissa Eastwood was younger, she used to chase post cards, jumping planes from one beautiful location to the next. Seeking out extreme and amazing environments, which more often than not, led her to the mountains. She no longer travels with this reckless abandon, but rather explores her reactions to her environment through her artwork. She is in constant awe of the extreme nature and beauty of the mountains, it?s a place where she is blissfully aware of her own insignificance. In Eastwood?s abstract work she presents a series of symbols that allude to a narrative - just out of reach. In her cityscapes she employs a detached perspective from where you can see the restless energy of a city, a vibration that extends beyond its location.

Eastwood works in a unique style using resin, incorporating an eclectic mix of recycled materials and etching to build the detail into the works. Through the nature of the materials used, the works lure you to look through the work, dodging colour, metal, and hidden agendas. The process of discovery is part of the experience, which in itself is the art work.

Don?t miss this fascinating exhibition running 8th November through 18th December; 11 am ? 5 pm daily at The Rippon Hall.

Welcome to Summer Fundraising Party for the Wanaka Road Crash Rescue Team, 17th November

Do you know that every time you hear the fire siren go off in town it?s unpaid volunteers that are coming to the rescue?

It?s now time for YOU to answer their call!

Recently the Wanaka Road Crash Rescue Team, who are all volunteers in the Wanaka Volunteer Fire brigade, won the Australasian Road Crash Rescue Competition, and their team of seven is now eligible to compete in the World Road Crash Competition next year in France and we?re hosting a little party to help them get there.

Come on out for a great time and support the folks who will always have your back if you get into trouble on our roads.

Live music from DJ Matty and fun times.

Tickets includes a drink and an epic pork bun from Dale at the Food Truck Food Department on arrival.?Grab your tickets online?or at Paper Plus Wanaka in town.

Come hang in the sun and lets get our party on! Round the world theme dress up encouraged!

2nd Annual Ceilidh Dance Wanaka, 27th October

Revellers in Wanaka and beyond are gearing up to once again paint the town tartan at 2nd Annual Ceilidh Dance Wanaka, a feast of music, dancing and conviviality celebrating all things Caledonian.

The dress code is easy at the colourful event which will take place on 27th October at the beautiful lakeside winery venue of Rippon Hall. It will be in aid of both Te Kakano and Kahu Youth.

The Ceilidh (pron. kay-lee) is a cornerstone of Scottish culture, originating from the Gaelic word for a Gathering or Party. It's a fun filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company which will resonate with New Zealanders of Scots heritage as well as holding out a welcoming hand to everyone.

Up to 200 people are expected to take part in dances such as The Dashing White Sergeant, the Eightsome Reel, The Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow to the music of one of South Island's top celtic bands, Hair of the Dog.

Kilts and tartan will be welcome at the Ceilidh Dance Wanaka, but are not compulsory.

Cash bar with Rippon Wines (and of course Scottish whiskies) and delicious catering by Morsel - the Honest Food Co. Bring your family, bring your kids, bring your Grandma. Please don't bring your own food or your own alcohol - we will have plenty of food, fun and refreshments for all. Cash & Eftpos.

Tickets are $30 and will be limited to ensure plenty of space for dancing - get yours early so you don't miss out. Tickets are available at Cork Bar (Mon-Sun 3pm?late) or the Rippon Cellar Door (11 am - 5 pm daily) or online via Under The Radar.

Doors 5:30 pm, Music starts at 7

Official After Party at Cork to follow from 10:00 pm til late

Jane Kellahan - Call of the Mountains Exhibition at The Rippon Hall, Opening Night 27th September 2018


Wanaka-based, international award-winning artist, Jane Kellahan, will present a special multi-media exhibition at The Rippon Hall from 27th September to 4th November recognising and celebrating the incredible work by our courageous Land Search and Rescue Volunteers.

The ?Call of the Mountains? Exhibition is a celebration of Kellahan?s 25 year painting career.

?It is also a befitting tribute to those lives lost to the mountains and an acknowledgement to our local LandSAR rock stars,? Jane Kellahan.

This? is? Kellahan?s inaugural LandSAR Exhibition, in which she will donate a portion of her sales towards the brave men and women of LandSAR and their ?big season ahead.

Kellahan?s work features a strong collection of oil paintings, ceramic sculptures, and jewellery. These works have been created and refined at her ?studio in Wanaka, New Zealand.

?I have lived in Wanaka for over a year now and there is definitely a strong sense of community here that I have never experienced before. I have thought about this and I believe that it has a lot to do with LandSAR. When critical, life saving operations occur, it brings people together, it?s a very intense and powerful feeling. My mission is to educate the public, make a personal financial contribution to LandSAR, and to recognise those who have lost their lives in the mountains,? Kellahan said.

This exhibition was born by the tragic death of Kellahan?s close friend, Seddon Bennington, the CEO of Te Papa Museum who died tramping in the Tararua?s in 2009.

?I will be focusing on connecting with the community, giving them an opportunity to write their stories, their tributes, and display photos of their families and friends, who were also taken by the mountains,? she said. These will be displayed on a special wall as a feature piece of the exhibition.

?LandSAR solely rely on donations. When they take on these dangerous, life saving missions, no-one gets billed for being rescued and no-one gets paid.? says Jane.

The ?Call of the Mountains? Exhibition will be staged at the Queenstown Arts Centre from 7 ? 25 September, and the Rippon Hall, Wanaka, from 27 September to 4 November. This exhibition is generously supported by Sir Ron Brierley, Aspiring Catering, Rhyme and Reason, Rippon Vineyard, Maude Wine and Printit.

Jane Kellahan Awards

2015 - Special Mention, London ?Biennale, United Kingdom
2011 - Third,?? Biennale of Chianciano,? Italy
2009 - Winner, Cricket Art Prize, Australia

For more details about Jane?s exhibition, sending your personal tributes and details about the opening night functions, please see

Mainly A Capella at The Rippon Hall, 23rd September 2018

?Mainly A Capella? is a simple idea that grew.? The Treble Tones are a local all women A capella group that have been singing together in various formations since 2012. Led by Frances Cowie the group sings an eclectic mix from pop to world music and choral pieces, in 3 and 4-part harmonies.

Wanting to bring a mid-winter performance to friends and family, last year they organised ?Totally A Capella? and were joined by three other local choirs including the first outing for the newly reformed MAC choir. Their first concert was held at the Rippon Hall in August 2017.

This year the other choirs have been unable to commit, the date has been moved back slightly but the main idea is still there! The programme has been expanded to include some classical music highlights from some MAC students, giving them the opportunity to perform in an intimate and supportive environment. Hence the name ?Mainly A Capella?!

The full programme includes Treble Tones singing a mixed repertoire of songs, the MAC choir, two year 11 students at MAC playing piano ? Estelle Norman and Oliver Clements, and a newly formed Chamber Music group from MAC called ?Up an Octave? who will play a mixed repertoire of whatever classical music they can find in the cupboard in the music department!

Rippon wine will be on sale so we invite people to come and enjoy an afternoon by the fire with wine, music and song and celebrate the young (and not so young!) musical talent in our community. Laura Williamson will preside as MC.

Tickets are $10 and on sale now at Pembroke Wines ? school age children free of charge. We encourage you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Doors Opening 3:30 pm; Performance from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Thanks to Pembroke Wines, Upper Clutha Community Arts Council for their support.

For more information contact Lindsey Schofield 021 443741 or

Cathy Irons with the Classical Jazz Quartet at The Rippon Hall, 20th October 2018

From a dazzling display of virtuosity to intriguing sultry warmth, from mellow moments to upbeat swing, this is the concert that will keep you smiling into the weeks ahead!

Described as ?sonic fireworks that dazzle with all their brilliance? and ?characterized by inspirational musicianship,? the Classical Jazz Quartet brings an eclectic mix of classical music infused with the fun and rhythmic energy of jazz.

CJQ will showcase music from the swing era, to Jerome Kern, to their own creative and imaginative adaptations of classical works, including the ever-popular Vivaldi's Spring (Four Seasons), CPE Bach's Solfeggieto and the wild Sabre Dance by Khachaturian.
The Classical Jazz Quartet are delighted to return to the region; this time presenting their concert publicly at the Rippon Hall.

CJQ consists of four outstanding professional Christchurch-based musicians: Cathy Irons (violin), Barry Brinson (piano), Michael Davis (bass) and Doug Brush (drums). Each a recognised musician in their own field, the four musicians revel in getting together, ignoring convention and freely cross the boundaries of music with conviction and delight. All have extensive NZ and international experience.

Advanced tickets available on eventfinda.
Limited door sales available (cash only).
Doors open from 6:30 pm; Concert starts at 7:30 pm
Supported by Central Lakes Trust, Upper Clutha Arts Council and The Rippon Hall.