Chamber Music Finals -Results
Warmest congratulations to the three Chamber Music groups who had the amazing opportunity to compete in the NZCT Chamber Nationals during the weekend in Wellington.
Buda and the Pests- Isabella Gregory, Jessie Anderson (pianos), and Valerie Xiang, Holly Evans (percussion) were one of six Gold Award winners, and won a cash prize of $800. This group were also the National KBB Award winners, for a group containing any of woodwind/brass/percussion.
Amadeus – Emily Davey, Lucy Costelloe (violins), Victoria Park, Rebecca Harris (violas), and Anna Bruce (cello) were the second of six Gold Award winners, along with a cash prize of $800.
The French Connection – Sarah Lawrence, Rachel McSweeney (violins) and Victoria Park (piano) – were one of six Silver Award winners, and won a cash prize of $500.
Also present in this photo was one of the Adjudicators, Brigid O’Meegahn, who is a Rangi Old Girl. Bridig is Assistant Sub-Principal Cello Emeritus in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and, alongside this role, has been hugely involved in music education on many fronts throughout her career.
The standard in this prestigious competition is incredibly high. These girls were all stunning not only in their performances but also in their engagement in the whole spirit of the weekend. They have all put in huge hours in preparation towards this event, and represented themselves, and Rangi, with pride and dignity.
The two Rangi groups who won Gold Awards were the only South Island school represented in the top six. Rangi was the only school to have three groups at the Nationals. Full results can be seen at http://www.chambermusic.co.nz/2017-contest-results. You can view the performances here: https://www.facebook.com/ChamberMusicNZ/videos/1603563866329798/ with Buda and the Pests starting at 24:47, and Amadeus at 1:05:26.
Congratulations and thanks also to Mr Thin, co-tutor of Buda and the Pests, and also part of the amazing support team prior to and during this weekend.