Woodford House was well represented at the annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest this year. An abundance of talented student musicians meant that six Chamber Music groups were entered into the competition, which was held on 13-14 June at the Napier Municipal Theatre.
Chamber Music is a form of classical music that is composed for small groups and over the last two terms these groups have been working hard with Mrs Delany and Mrs Hansen to prepare their pieces.
Some of the groups this year were also lucky enough to have a coaching session with NZSO member Brigid O’Meeghan. Ms O’Meeghan visited Woodford House on Wednesday 23 May and worked with four groups who received feedback on their pieces and learnt new skills. We are very thankful to Ms O’Meeghan for taking time out of her busy schedule and for helping us to feel more prepared and ready to perform in the competition.
Well done to all the students who competed this year and congratulations to two groups – RIA Ensemble and The Tui Trio who received awards.
RIA Ensemble, including Rachel Hansen, Isobel Ham and Amelia Dear, won the Local IRMT Encouragement Award for their presentation on stage and their accuracy and interpretation of their chosen pieces at a junior level. The Tui Trio, a combined schools ensemble including Amelia Foster, was awarded a Highly Commended placing.
Chamber Music is an excellent opportunity to work co-operatively with others and to enhance musical skills, so hopefully in future years we will have even more students getting involved.
Ellie Knowles, Year 11