Music Department

 

The first half of Term 3 was exhausting and exhilarating for students (and staff) in our co-curricular music groups, starting with performances during Open Week, followed by the Auckland Schools Jazz Competition, and the KBB Music Festival. The Fundamentals choir were enjoying the final hours of the Upper North Island Big Sing Cadenza in Rotorua when the recent lockdown was announced. Very sadly for the students in the Serenata choir, the upcoming Big Sing National Finale in Christchurch had to be cancelled, as was our annual vocal showcase, A Choral Confection.

 

We feel fortunate to have had a large portion of our usual music concerts and competitions go ahead without disruption, but it certainly is disappointing not to see the many months of preparation come to fruition. 

 

Congratulations to the hundreds of students and staff involved in Term 3 competitions, and a huge thank you to parents and guardians for their unfailing support.  

 

Auckland Schools Jazz Competition 

Junior Jazz Orchestra – Silver Award

Jazz Orchestra – Gold Award, selected in Top 6 groups for Jazz Band Finals

Big Band – Platinum Award, selected in Top 6 groups for Jazz Band Finals

North Sea Combo - Platinum Award, selected in Top 4 groups for Jazz Combo Finals

Copenhagen Combo – Bronze Award

Newport Combo – Silver Award

Stockholm Combo – Silver Award

Montreux Combo – Gold Award

Abi Lee (pianist) – Outstanding Soloist Award

Hamish Long (bassist) – special mention from adjudicator 

 

KBB Music Festival

Sinfonia – Commended Award

Junior Jazz Orchestra – Bronze Award (first time in the festival)

Jazz Orchestra – Silver Award

Wind Orchestra - Participation Award (first time in the festival)

Concert Band – Silver Award

Orchestra – Silver Award, Best Performance of a NZ work by a Symphony Orchestra

Big Band – Gold Award

Chamber Orchestra – Gold Award, selected in Top 4 Chamber groups for Gala Performance, Best Performance of a NZ work by a Chamber Orchestra, Outstanding Soloist(s) Award

 

Big Sing Choral Festival

The Fundamentals were selected as one of 12 choirs for the Upper North Island Cadenza, where they awarded Korimako (Distinction)