The Weekend Sun Competition


Bay of Plenty Symphonia will once again present its biennial Rising Stars finals concert this month, featuring talented secondary level musicians.


Five finalists from around the region have been selected to perform their chosen piece or concerto movement, accompanied by the orchestra and conducted by Justus Rozemond.


The orchestra opens the concert with Anton Bruckner’s appealing Three Pieces for Orchestra. These accomplished youngsters will then compete for the title of Rising Star 2021:


Grace Tak playing Lalo’s  Cello Concerto in D minor, Hannah Seo (recorder) with Vivaldi ‘s La Notte Concerto, Hayden Butt (clarinet) in Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie, Pilgyu Chang with Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Yusuke Takahashi (double bass) in Capuzzi’s Concerto in D.


Their performances will be judged by a panel of prestigious adjudicators led by well-known conductor and Emeritus Professor of Music, Peter Walls ONZM. 


Joining him, with much experience in the performing arts and music education, will be Catherine Gibson of Orchestras Central Trust, and Dr Rae de Lisle MNZM, Associate Professor in piano studies from the University of Auckland.


While the judges deliberate, the 2019 Bay of Plenty Symphonia Rising Stars winner, trombonist Leo Read, will perform Gaubert’s Morceau Symphonique, accompanied by the orchestra.


The winner will be announced and prizes presented by MP Jan Tinetti to conclude the evening’s entertainment.


Rising Stars 2021 will be held on Saturday, August 21, from 7pm at Baycourt, Tauranga.


Tickets are available via phone on: 0800 842 538, at the Baycourt Box Office or online at:


Adult tickets cost $24, concessions $22, and 18 years and under only $2! Service fees will apply.



The Weekend Sun has one double pass to see Rising Stars on August 21 for one lucky reader.




Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Micheal Harvey!