Rangi Ruru Musician to Play with the CSO

Year 13 student at Rangi Ruru, Isabella Gregory is one of two new Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Interns for 2017.

Isabella Gregory

Flautist Isabella Gregory, who is a student of CSO principal Flute and lecturer at the University of Canterbury Anthony Ferner, now has the opportunity to perform in the CSO and receive lessons with section principals.

Isabella has been achieving at a high level for several years now with positions in the National Youth Concert Band, the National Youth Orchestra, the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music, and as a year 9 in 2013 was one of the youngest students nationwide to be selected as a Principal Flute for the NZ Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra (NZSSO).  That year a record 13 students were selected from Rangi Ruru to play in the NZSSO.

Director of Music at Rangi Ruru, Janet Kingsbury says, “Isabella is a very talented musician on both on flute and piano. In 2016 she won a sought after position in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra as a flautist and was a member of the NZSO Mentoring Programme for outstanding young musicians. She is a hard working and talented young woman and we are very pleased that her talent has been recognised with this opportunity.”

Over Waitangi weekend Isabella is taking part in the University of Canterbury’s International Flute Symposium, being held at Rangi Ruru, with internationally acclaimed flautist Emily Beynon. Emily is principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and also performs with many other orchestras across Europe.

Mrs Kingsbury says Isabella is also a very talented pianist and was one of six National Silver Award winners in her chamber music ensemble in the 2016 NZCT Chamber Music Contest.

1 February 2017

Rangi Life