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2020 CONTEST

NZCT CHAMBER MUSIC CONTEST

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.

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INFORMATION

UPDATE: 10 June 2020

With the move to Level 1, we are pleased to announce that we will be proceeding with a live national final in Wellington.

The extended entry date will remain the same, Friday 3 July. If at any point from today we move back to Alert Levels 3 or 4 then the Contest, including coaching, will be cancelled.

What this means for you as a participant is:

  • entries, including for compositions, will remain open until Friday 3 July, the end of term two
  • The entry fee shall be waived (anyone who has already entered will be reimbursed)
  • 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 July school holidays our adjudicators will view these recordings and choose the regional finalists, whose videos will be shared online
  • The Live Final weekend will take place at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Friday 7 August and Saturday 8 August, this will also be live-streamed

The new submission form and full rules for both the performance and composition are now available here on our website. You will need to submit your performance and spoken introduction video at the time of entry.

Thank you for your patience while we work through options on how to deliver the NZCT Chamber Music Contest.

RESULTS

2020 WINNER (WALLACE FOUNDATION PLATINUM AWARD)

Congratulations to Ravelation (Wellington)

HELEN YOUNG DIAMOND AWARD

Trio Achilles (Auckland)

WINNER OF THE KBB AWARD

Jerusalem Clarinet Quartet (Auckland)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Jerusalem Clarinet Quartet (Auckland)

WINNER OF THE SOUNZ AWARD

Jerusalem Clarinet Quartet (Auckland)

FINALISTS
(Gold Award Winners)

Jerusalem Clarinet Quartet (Auckland)
Les Apaches (Canterbury)
Ravelation (Wellington)
Trio Achilles (Auckland)
Trio Glivenko (Auckland)
Virtuoso Strings Octet (Wellington)


SEMI-FINALISTS

(Silver Award Winners)

Ahurei (Wellington)
Aquarelles (Auckland)
Dioctesan (Auckland)
Saint Kentigern Bartok Quartet (Auckland)
The Mosa’ati Quartet (Canterbury)
The Sonderhausen Trio (Canterbury)


COMPOSITION WINNERS

Congratulations to Senior Composition Winner Zachariah Jans (Western Heights High School, Bay of Plenty) for his piece Virtues of a Teenager and to Junior Composition Winner Hannah Jones (Westlake Girls’ High School, Auckland) for her piece Extranjero Tango.

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NORTHERN

CENTRAL

SOUTHERN

ENTERING THE CHAMBER

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COACHING

Applications close Friday 29 May

Chamber Music New Zealand is pleased to be able to offer virtual coaching sessions in early June to ensembles that are interested in entering the 2020 Chamber Music Contest. Working with some of New Zealand’s best musicians this programme aims to raise standards of performance in each region and give tools to each group to help them through their entry into the Contest that looks quite different this year. Most significantly, we aim to give groups of students access to teaching of the highest quality that brings them closer to reaching their potential.

We will try and give coaching to as many groups as possible. If you do miss out, please ensure you follow the Contest facebook page as we will also be releasing more advice from our coaches on there.


How this works

This is not a live one-on-one session, but feedback in the form of a report. Simply submit your composition score and Sibelius files (if possible) and Craig will be in touch.

The coaching and associated tutorial content was made possible with the support of

JONATHAN TANNER
Violin/Viola

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Availability: Mon 8 Jun
When: Morning
Duration: 50 minutes

HOLLY MILLER JONES
Piano

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Availability: Mon 8 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

DEBBIE RAWSON
Clarinet/Sax

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Availability: Tue 9 Jun
When: Morning
Duration: 50 minutes

HANNAH DARROCH
Flute

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Availability: Tue 9 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

SARAH SPENCE
Cello

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Availability: Wed 10 Jun
When: Morning
Duration: 50 minutes

SOMI KIM
Piano

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Availability: Wed 10 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

LUDWIG TREVIRANUS
Piano

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Availability: Thu 11 Jun
When: Morning
Duration: 50 minutes

HUW DANN
Trumpet

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Availability: Thu 11 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

TONY LIN
Piano

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Availability: Fri 12 Jun & Fri 19 June
When: Morning
Duration: 50 minutes

STEVE COWAN
Guitar

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Availability: Fri 12 Jun & Fri 19 Jun
When: Late-morning
Duration: 50 minutes

SHADLEY VAN WYK
Horn

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Availability: Fri 12 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

JUSTIN BIRD
Piano

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Availability: Mon 15 Jun
When: Morning
Duration: 50 minutes

BEN HOADLEY
Bassoon/Piano

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Availability: Mon 15 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

ASHLEY BROWN
Cello

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Availability: Tue 16 Jun
When: Morning
Duration: 50 minutes

NAOTO SEGAWA
Percussion

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Availability: Tue 16 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

URSULA EVANS
Violin

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Availability: Wed 17 Jun
When: Morning
Duration: 50 minutes

MONIQUE LAPINS
Violin

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Availability: Wed 17 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

EMMA SAYERS
Piano

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Availability: Thu 18 Jun
When: Morning
Duration: 50 minutes

JULIE ANN LINK
Bassoon

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Availability: Thu 18 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

SARAH WATKINS
Piano

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Availability: Fri 19 Jun
When: Afternoon
Duration: 50 minutes

ADJUDICATORS

The adjudicating panel for the National Finals

GRETCHEN LA ROCHE


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STEPHEN DE PLEDGE


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AMALIA HALL


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The adjudicating panel for the District and Regional rounds

BRIDGET DOUGLAS


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BRIGID O’MEEGHAN


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CHRIS GREENSLADE


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EMMA EDEN


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JANE YOUNG


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JUSTINE CORMACK


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SANDRA CRAWSHAW


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CLAIRE COWAN


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DOWNLOADS

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

NATIONAL FINALS

8 August

Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

CORE FUNDER

Creative New Zealand | Toi Aotearoa

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