Rangi Ruru Student Receives LTCL Diploma with Distinction

Pictured: Dr Sandra Hastie presents Karen Hu her LTCL Diploma in Assembly

Year 13 music scholar and Head of Music Karen Hu has just found out that she achieved her LTCL Diploma on the cello with Distinction. This examination, which she sat at the end of last year, is a professional qualification and an exceedingly difficult one to pass.  To do so whilst at school, and with distinction, is an extraordinary achievement.

This is the latest in a range of recent achievements for Karen.  As a cellist she was a National chamber music finalist in 2015, and is currently a contracted player for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO).  Also an extraordinary drummer and percussionist, Karen won many awards and accolades last year at JazzQuest and the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival, including the award for Best Drummer Best Musician, and Best Original Composition. She is also a member of the Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra and the newly formed all female Christchurch Big Band.

Below is the live performance from the National Final of the 2015 NZCT Chamber Music Contest in which Karen is playing cello.
Debussy: Piano Trio in G, Andante espressivo and Finale


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