31 May 2017

Wednesday 31 May 2017

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Winners from left to right: Oliver Vannoort, Andi Wei, Christopher Scholtens and Vincent Chen.

Our annual Soloist Competition, held on Tuesday 30 May in the King’s College Lecture Theatre, provided a platform for our talented students to perform in front of and be judged by a professional musician. As always, the standard of the performances on the evening were high, the competition attracting our most talented musicians.

Year 9 student Andi Wei (Peart) won the Junior Competition, with a performance of the 1st Movement of Piano Concerto in Bb, K.456 by Mozart. Oliver Vannoort (Year 10, Marsden) received the Best Interpretation award for his performances of Tu lo sai by Torelli and the traditional song The Star of the County Down.  

Year 13 student Vincent Chen (Major) won the Senior Competition with a performance of the 1st movement of Prokofiev’s Sonata in C Op.119, whilst Christopher Scholtens (Year 13, Parnell) received the Best Interpretation award, singing Der Vogelfaanger by Mozart and the traditional song Black is the Colour of my True Love’s Hair.

Head of Music Chris Adams comments on what a fantastic opportunity the Soloist Competition is for our students to perform and receive feedback from a professional musician on their performance.

“The standard was very high and we were treated to a wonderful evening of beautiful music, showcasing great musicality and technical ability,” says Adams.  

We are thankful for the ongoing support from Lewis Eady and their continuing sponsorship of the award prizes. We would also like to thank Elizabeth Holowell, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, for her work as our adjudicator. Thank you also goes to Chris Artley for his organisation of the competition. 

“Congratulations to all students who took part in the evening, performing with expertise on the stage and we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Soloist Competition,” says Adams.