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Source: Chamber Music New Zealand
There’s something incredibly inspiring about having 1500 young students from all around Aotearoa, all tirelessly practising their violins, lugging around huge double basses, and warming up their oboes and bassoons. Together, starting from 5th -15th June, these dedicated students are gearing up for the District Rounds for Chamber Music New Zealand’s annual and celebrated NZCT Chamber Music Contest, coming to a crescendo in the National Finals on 3rd – 4th August in a showcase of what our talented youth have to offer in music.
414 groups are entered nationally from Whangarei in the North to Invercargill in the South. From string quartets, percussion quintets and piano trios to original compositions, New Zealand’s only secondary school Chamber Music Contest proves that the music-life among our students in Aotearoa is alive and kicking.
Waimea College in Nelson are currently preparing their entry, which includes a world-premier by Wellington composer Ewan Clark. Nicholas Sharpe, music teacher at Waimea College, is excited about what his students premiering a new composition:
“It’s a unique collaborative project between Wellington composer Ewan Clark, and two of our students, Laura Koleff and Brooke Reiha. Under Ewan’s guidance Laura composed the first movement, Brooke arranged one of Ewan’s existing piano pieces for the group, whilst Ewan himself composed the final movement” says Sharpe.
In the Hawkes Bay there are plenty of amazing entries from the students, including a percussion quintet “Sticks and Stones” from Taradale High School – also playing an original collaborative composition by the group themselves. And there is a flute sextet “Classic Chicks” from NGHS playing a selection of pieces by Czerny, Haydn and Mozart.
Only 12 groups from around New Zealand will make it through to the National Finals weekend held in Christchurch this August, so the stakes are high. Last year’s winners of the Chamber Music Contest, Druz’ya Quartet received $6000 from the Wallace Foundation. “Winning the contest was amazing”(Lucas Baker, violinist). Many past contest winners and alumni have gone on to have international careers in music in the NZSO, Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Philharmonia and Sydney Symphony to name but a few: the NZCT Chamber Music Contest is truly a springboard for Aotearoa’s musicians of the future.


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