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Queen's Birthday Chamber Music Weekend 2021

Students take a bow at the end of an intensive and inspiring weekend

The future of chamber music is looking bright!

Earlier this month we spent a busy Queen’s Birthday Chamber Music Weekend up at the New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōki. This is the sixth year running our Chamber Music Weekend, coaching groups of talented secondary students from across the Wellington region, and as far afield as Nelson, Tauranga and Rotorua. This year, eleven outstanding groups were accepted onto our intensive three-day course, receiving masterclasses, lessons and coaching on chosen repertoire for their NZCT Chamber Music Contest performances. The weekend culminated in a showcase performance for family and friends from all eleven groups - it’s inspiring and encouraging to see the talent and tenacity they show!

“Thanks so much for a great weekend of coaching, nurturing and affirming our young players! The girls had a super couple of days and even being together is a bonus for them in terms of being connected. They have taken away a huge amount and the development of their playing as an ensemble is so apparent.”

Bonding over scores and crisps

“Thanks for a super long weekend – we are pretty stoked at how far we got in just a few days of intensive work. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to work with you!”

The regional rounds of the competition were held throughout June and we’re proud to announce that a stella line-up of groups we coached made it through to the Wellington and Canterbury district finals: Arisky Trio (piano trio), A-dore Trio (two cellos, piano), Tui Trio (piano trio), Polka Dots (two violins, piano), Tri Muzykanta (piano trio) and Virtuoso Strings Quintet (string quintet). On top of this, Arisky Trio took out the top spot to move onto the regional finals, with Virtuoso Strings Quintet, A-dore Trio and Polka Dots receiving well deserved highly commended awards.

The Arisky Trio, Tui Trio and Virtuoso Strings Quintet are now heading to the National Semi-Finals in Christchurch at The Piano in August. We wish them the best of luck!

Visit this link to find out more about attending the NZCT Chamber Music Contest Semi-Finals and Finals.

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