Our first performance in the new Diocesan Theatre
Last night we were treated to our first performances in our new Diocesan Theatre. There is no doubt that this is a world-class facility and our students were so proud to be the first to perform on the stage.
In a year of so many major disruptions and disappointments through cancellations of events, we felt privileged to witness the obvious dedication and commitment required to achieve at such a high level, from both the performers and the work behind the scenes by their music teachers.
The brightest and best of our senior instrumental talent battled it out in this high-class competition that has become an annual ‘fest of the best’ here at Diocesan.
The first round saw the panel select from over 100 auditionees, in both vocal and instrumental, and last night 11 finalists across strings, brass, woodwind and piano treated us to some superb playing. Students tackled top-end repertoire with mature interpretations of concertos and the sheer artistry and talent on display was very impressive indeed!
Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 restrictions, we were not permitted an audience outside of our school bubble - so we tried our first live-streaming from the new theatre (having only been connected to wifi on the day)
The adjudicator, Dr Sarah Watkins, lecturer in piano at the University of Auckland, had a very difficult job choosing the winners.
Congratulations to our Senior Concerto Winners:
Overall Instrumental Winner - Helen Kim (flute)
Violin Cup - Esther Oh
Brass Cup - Jessica Marshall
Viola Cup - Matilda Hol
Flute Cup - Helen Kim
Piano Cup - Emma Qiu