Young musicians shine at annual contest

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Violin quartet Basileo is this year's New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest Southland district winner.

VIOLIN quartet Basileo have been crowned this year’s New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest Southland district winners for their performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

The ensemble includes Verdon College pupil Alexander Lindsay and James Hargest College (JHC) pupils Donald, Alex and Lewis Thomson, who will travel to Christchurch to compete in
the regional final later this month.

District contest organiser Emma Jarman said all the groups performed to a high standard and enjoyed the opportunity to perform to a very attentive and supportive audience at Repertory House last Thursday, June 8.

Ensemble Reed Between The Lines (from left) Brendan Peters (baritone saxophone, Verdon College), James Monaghan (soprano saxophone, James Hargest College), Tim Tuckey (tenor saxophone, JHC), Jenni Kerr (alto saxophone, JHC) and Emma Ashton (alto saxophone home-schooled) rehearse at Repertory House ahead of their performance of works from Carmen by Georges Bizet, arranged by Emma Jarman. Photo: Amy Johnstone

The groups were adjudicated by New Zealand String Quartet member Douglas Beilman.

JHC groups CuZn Quintet, Danse de Trois, The Striking Vikings and Timpani Epiphany were all
highly commended, while Scarpe Rosse from Southland Girls’ High School received the Adjudicator Award.

CuZn Quintet received the KBB Award, while the Best Performance of a New Zealand Work and Best Performance of an Original Composition went to The Striking Vikings for their
performance of Nordic Odyssey by ensemble member Cameron Hartley.

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