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2020 CONTEST

NZCT CHAMBER MUSIC CONTEST

INFO

To view the 2019 Contest page, click here.

ABOUT

Since 1965 we have witnessed thousands of young Kiwi secondary school students take to the stage from across the country as part of the annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest.

This is a significant part of our year as it unites students, parents, teachers, mentors and volunteers nationwide, in what has become the largest and longest running chamber music event of its kind.

The Contest acts as a springboard for our musicians of tomorrow. We see alumni appear as members of orchestras and chamber ensembles, here and overseas, and embark on successful solo careers. This is a prestigious national event which celebrates excellence.

The Contest is also about pursuing a discipline which has positive impacts on all facets of life for young New Zealanders.

Most of all, is it about building and bringing communities together in the joy of making music.

MEDIA

INFORMATION

UPDATE: 27 March 2020

Here at Chamber Music New Zealand we have been busy working through the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on our annual Contest and ultimately you, our participants. As of today, we feel that the NZCT Chamber Music Contest should proceed, but in a different form as we accept the challenges presented by the current worldwide health situation.

For now we need to stay in our bubble, practice our instruments, write music and work on projects that broaden our skills as musicians, so that when the lockdown begins to ease we are ready to come together and perform. If students are allowed to emerge from isolation in May, we expect that large gatherings might still not be possible. We hope, however, that school will resume and be a safe place for small groups of students to meet and rehearse and, should this eventuate, we will be accepting a video of your group in performance instead of holding live rounds.

What this means for you as a participant is:

  • the entry fee shall be waived (anyone who has already entered will be reimbursed);
  • entries, including for compositions, will remain open until Fri 5 June;
  • options for delivering coaching and other assistance digitally are being explored, look out for resources in the coming weeks;
  • the district and regional rounds of the competition will not be live. Students will need to record a video of their group and include this with their application;
  • during June our adjudicators will view these recordings and choose the regional finalists, whose videos will be shared online; and
  • options for delivering the finals are being explored and will depend on how the situation unfolds over the next four weeks.

The new submission form and full rules for both the performance and composition will be available here early next week. You will need to submit your performance and spoken introduction video at the time of entry. If you have already submitted your entry, you do not need to do this again. We will be in touch with you about the process of submitting your videos.

We continue to be in close contact with both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education regarding all decision making around the Contest. Keeping students, teachers, helpers, staff and supporters safe is of paramount importance. If we receive advice that we need to make changes, we will update you via our platforms – email, social media channels and website.

Thank you for your patience while we work through options on how to deliver the NZCT Chamber Music Contest to you in these unprecedented times. With the country on Alert Level 4 and our classrooms closed the Contest will look different in 2020. While plans may need to change as we comply with the latest government rules, we will continue to do our best and provide updates when we have important information to share with you.

DOWNLOADS

CONTEST ENTRY FEES

RULES & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY (PERFORMANCE)

RULES & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY (COMPOSITION)

A3 versions of the 2020 Contest posters are now available to download.

WHEN AND WHERE

DISTRICT ROUNDS

NORTHERN
East Coast: Tuesday 2 June
Bay of Plenty: Wednesday 3 June
Auckland: Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 June
Waikato: Monday 8 June
Northland: Tuesday 9 June

CENTRAL
Taranaki: Wednesday 3 June
Whanganui: Thursday 4 June
Manawatū: Friday 5 June
Wellington: Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 June
Hawke’s Bay: Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 June

SOUTHERN
Southland: Thursday 4 June
Otago: Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 June
Nelson/ Marlborough: Monday 8 June
South Canterbury: Monday 8 June
Canterbury: Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 June

REGIONAL FINALS

NORTHERN
Auckland: Saturday 20 June

CENTRAL
Wellington: Saturday 20 June

SOUTHERN
Christchurch: Sunday 21 June

Finalists announced: Monday 22 June

NATIONAL FINALS

7 – 8 August

Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

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