Cathy Irons

violinist: performer and teacher

"I feel music is about sharing a moment in time together and enjoying every minute of it. Every performance I do amazes me - how the audience picks up on the energy and the tremendous fun we have on stage, whether it is a high quality virtuoso concert or a bit of sultry jazz."

Described by critics as “jaw-dropping, her mastery and her lovely instrument defying any other description,” “sonic fireworks that dazzled all with their brilliance” and “an empathetic and expressive performer,” Cathy Irons performs concerts from baroque and classical to contemporary and jazz throughout NZ.

Cathy is a vibrant and dynamic performer passionate about music, sharing it with others and connecting with her audience.

She enjoys collaborating with musicians, artists, dancers and composers. And on the side, has fun with arranging or composition.

The Healing Power of Music

Last week a group of Christchurch Symphony Orchestra players and myself had an amazing week at a Christchurch school. We are finding that music can affect the well being of children and have teamed up with the University of Canterbury to find out just how much it helps children who are living with or have experienced stress.

"We could have been anywhere on the planet."

Photo reproduced by kind permission of Fairfax Media/The Press

One of the pleasures of being a musician is experiencing moments of being touched by music. It is as if something dormant is awakened. Memories stirred. Worries forgotten. The present holds still.

It was like that last week for me when I was at Christchurch Men's Prison and had the privilege of performing alongside 12 young men in the Youth Unit. We were rehearsing a guitar piece in a hall, surrounded by walls, barbed wire, survellaince cameras, guards and security alarms. It was in the middle of a song, that I suddenly took a step back and saw a bigger picture. We had forgotten everything. The past. The future. We hung in the present. Singing and playing our hearts out. Connecting. Sharing.

Music is an incredble art form. It has no barriers. We could have been anywhere on the planet.

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