Concert for Kaikoura – Friday 13 January 2017

It’s going to be a good night for a good cause.

Fiona Pears, the highly talented violinist and composer from Lyttelton, is to appear at The Village Cafe for a special Concert for Kaikoura on Friday 13 January 2017. All proceeds will be going to the Kaikoura Earthquakes Mayoral Relief Fund.

Tickets are $100 and includes drinks and canapes at 6pm, a two course dinner, the Fiona Pears Trio concert, and a charity auction.  Tickets are only available from The Village Cafe, either over the counter or by ringing 06 306 8814. Bookings are essential.

Fiona is an effervescent and charismatic performer who, along with her amazing band, will captivate you with her passionate and exuberant violin playing. She performs Celtic, Classical, Tango, Jazz and Gypsy with equal ease – and sometimes all in the same composition!


Fiona has performed and recorded with artists such as Dave Dobbyn, Hayley Westenra, Bic Runga, and has opened for Tony Bennett, Ottmar Liebert and ‘the clown prince of Denmark’, the late Victor Borge. Personal highlights include appearing at Ronnie Scott’s world famous jazz club in London and performing her own compositions and arrangements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Fiona has released six CDs and two DVDs to date. Her latest CD Swing Driven Thing was released in 2014 and is a mixture of her own compositions alongside passionate gypsy jazz. Fiona has also performed as a soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.


‘Banish from your minds all preconceptions of orthodoxy in the world of the violin. Fiona Pears has largely rewritten the script’. The New Zealand Herald 2012

‘Feeling, is easily one of the most exquisite pieces of music I’ve heard in a long time – it pours through you and enters your body at a cellular level, so achingly poignant you’d have to be inhuman not to feel its effect’. Feeling review, The Christchurch Press 2012

‘Pears passion for music impossible to resist’ The Christchurch Press 2011

‘The audience couldn’t help but smile as we recognised that here was a musician who not only has an amazingly accomplished technique, but she’s also up on stage having a ball’. The Nelson Mail 2009

‘That Pears’ playing is outstanding throughout goes without saying, outrageously brilliant and dazzling in her technique, Pears’ love of what she is doing shines through every note’. Fire and Light review, The Christchurch Press 2009

‘She produced some of the most fantastic, beautiful music I have heard played’. Marlborough Express 2008

‘Throughout the evening, Fiona played with breathtaking sensitivity and beauty’. Wanganui Chronicle 2008

‘It left audience and performers breathless and will be remembered by all as a truly splendid night’. The Christchurch Press 2007

‘Fiona Pears looked as delicious as her surname as she wowed another packed venue, consolidating her international reputation as a highly-acclaimed violinist’. The Nelson Mail 2007

‘Nothing short of brilliant’ The Christchurch Press 2006

‘I have just listened to this one over and over for hours and I’m still not tired of it’ Memories of Home review, The Christchurch Press 2006