30 Jul 2020

Thursday 30 July 2020

A number of our students recently competed at various music competitions over the holidays and saw resounding success.

Kimberley Sophia


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Oliver Vannoort in the 2019 Soloist Competition

The South Auckland Performing Arts Competitions Festival saw vocalists Oliver Vannoort (Year, 13, Marsden), Luke Shackleton (Year 12, Major), Joshua Bamfield (Year 11, Major), Krishna Peddinti (Year 10, Major) and Sophia Larsen (Year 12, Marion Bruce) winning a combined total of 14 awards.

For solo performances, this included the Outstanding Regional Award for Oliver, runners-up in Age Group for Luke and Krishna, Joshua taking 2nd place in the Restricted category and Sophia achieving runner-up in the Young Performer Award.

For duets, Sophia and her partner came first in the Uder 17 category and Oliver and Josh came 2nd.

Meanwhile, budding cellist Kimberley Yuan (Year 11, Marion Bruce) competed in the Auckland Performing Arts Competition, coming first in the 20th Century and Baroque/Classical/Romantic categories as well as receiving best overall string player in the over 15 years category and the 'Dora Green Cup' for excellence in cello.

Marcus Ho's (Year 13, Peart) compositional prowess was recognised at the recent Secondary School Composition Challenge where his piece was selected to be recorded by a group of professional musicians for an upcoming promotion.

Finally, Jackson Parker's (Year 11, Marsden) rendition of Liability by Lorde was a finalist in the Play It Strange Who Loves Who competition and features on the 2020 Who Loves Who album. Listen to Jackson's song and the other 2020 finalists here.

The College congratulates these fantastic musicians for their recent achievements and looks forward to their next endeavours in the performing arts.

In particular, Oliver, Sophia, Marcus and Kimberly will be performing in the King's College Soloist Competition on Wednesday 12 August. To learn more about this event, click here.