A musical trio consisting of two flutes and a cello will be performing in the Blyth Performing Arts Centre at Iona College this Sunday.

Formed in 2013, the sassy trio features Dana Parkhill and Emily Cargill on the flutes with Paula Sugden on the cello.

Confetti is well known to Hawke's Bay audiences and around the country, playing regularly at concerts, corporate functions, weddings, charity events and as part of summer and winter FAWC.

Sugden said their "aim is to surprise and delight".


"It is a fabulous combination of personalities, friendship and trust. We are bringing an exciting and eclectic mix of music to the stage this weekend, which includes classical, folk-fusion and jazz-fusion.

"We do a lot of percussive sounds with the instruments. We actually play our instruments in unconventional ways, as well as the conventional stuff so we try and explore the expressive qualities of our instruments.

"It is always very exciting to perform on stage - that's where we get our real buzz. Performing together and realising its a combination of endless hours of work, and friendship and trust and the musicality of it all, as well as seeing people in the audience during and after is awesome," Sugden said.

The concert also aims to fundraise for the Iona Foundation to contribute towards more building work on the Blyth Performing Arts Centre.

Pianist David Selfe will join the trio for the first time . He has played for Cleo Laine, Petula Clarke, George Benson, Amici, Michael Barrymore, the Royal Scots Guards and many other dignitaries, including the president of China.

The one-hour long performance will include what is believed to be a world premiere of Divertissement Opus 91 in three movements by a Russian jazz composer Nikolai Kaputsin.

Parkhill will also play the tin whistle in an Irish jig titled Bach in Ireland.

Selfe said that, having only been open for three years, the Blyth Performing Arts Centre was still "undiscovered".

"As Confetti is chamber music, it is ideal in this venue because it is a very well-designed classical space. For anybody who hasn't been there before, this is a really good opportunity to hear some international music in an international venue."

Each member has travelled and worked professionally in orchestras such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, and Wellington Sinfonia (now Orchestra Wellington).

They are actively involved in the local music scene as solo guest artists and instrumental teachers, also playing with groups such as the Hawke's Bay Orchestra, Concord String Ensemble and Napier Operatic Society and have all received honours degrees in their respective instruments.

Cargill, originally from the UK, said they found they needed to "create their own opportunities in the Bay" and hoped to travel the country and abroad in the future, while still residing in the Bay.

Sugden's cello - the "fourth member of Confetti" - dates back to 1787 and will make an appearance.

"It is a very special instrument and I am looking forward to hearing it at the Blythe. It just makes an amazing sound and is incredibly resonant. When Mozart was writing operas my cello was a teenager in the orchestra."

The one-hour performance starts at 4pm on Sunday at the Blyth Performing Arts Centre at Iona College. Tickets are $20 at the door.