Hundreds compete in NZ-wide chamber music contest

From June 7 -17, the District Rounds of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest will be held in 14 centres across NZ. Photo: NZCT Chamber Music.

More than 300 secondary school ensembles from across New Zealand will be competing in the 2022 NZCT Chamber Music Contest.

During June, the District Rounds will be held in 14 centres, from Whangārei to Invercargill. 

The Bay of Plenty session will be held at Wesley Methodist Church in Tauranga on June 14.

Since its inception in 1965, the annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest has provided a platform for thousands of Kiwi secondary school students to perform.

For many young musicians this is their first experience of chamber ensemble performance.

The contest, the largest and longest running chamber music event of its kind, acts as a springboard for musicians and composers of tomorrow, encouraging participants at all stages of their musical development, to perform together and enjoy the thrill of making music.

With an impressive legacy, the NZCT Chamber Music Contest remains an important feature of New Zealand’s musical calendar for secondary school students.

Many of its alumni have gone on to have very successful careers both within the field of music and beyond.

New Zealand Community Trust – NZCT - has proudly supported the contest for sixteen years, providing the essential investment that has allowed this nationwide event to continue.

Chamber Music New Zealand - CMNZ - is the leading presenter of top-quality chamber music concerts throughout New Zealand, delivering a unique experience of music that is up close, immersive, and diverse. CMNZ fosters live music by solo performers and small ensembles, as well as supports New Zealand performers and composers.

The 2022 NZCT Chamber Music Digital Challenge
Exceptionally for this year, the 2022 NZCT Chamber Music Digital Challenge will provide an opportunity for secondary school students from across New Zealand to continue to participate in chamber ensemble performance but via a digital platform. Groups will be able to participate despite any travel or limitations.

The Digital Challenge aims to be as inclusive as possible, encouraging participants of all stages of their musical development, providing the platform to perform and make music together.

Like the NZCT Chamber Contest there will be a national winner of the Challenge. From the pool of submissions, up to eight groups will be announced as semi-finalists from which the prize winners will be chosen. In addition, each ensemble will receive an adjudicator’s report.

The regional finals will be held in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch on July 2. Admission to watch the district rounds and regional finals is free of charge. Tickets will be available for the national finals, set for August 6 in Auckland.

District Rounds – North
Saint Heliers Church & Community Centre
9-12 June
Sessions Day 1: 4.00pm, 6.15pm
Sessions Day 2: 11.30am,1.45pm, 3.45pm
Sessions Day 3: 11.30am,1.45pm, 3.45pm
Sessions Day 4: 11.30am, 4.30pm

Northland (Whangārei)
St John’s Golden Church Centre
14 June
Session Day: 7.00pm

Bay of Plenty (Tauranga)
Wesley Methodist Church
14 June
Session Day: 9.30am

Taranaki (New Plymouth)
The Methodist Centre
8 June
Session Day: 4.30pm, 7.00pm

Waikato (Hamilton)
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
17 June
Session Day: 11.00am, 2.00pm

District Rounds – Central
East Coast (Gisborne)

Gisborne Girls’ High School
7 June
Session Day: 6.00pm

Hawke’s Bay (Napier)
Blyth Performing Arts Centre
8-9 June
Sessions Day 1: 1.00pm, 4.00pm
Sessions Day 2: 1.00pm, 7.00pm

Adam Concert Room, NZSM
11-12 June
Sessions Day 1: 10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm, 6.30pm
Sessions Day 2: 9.30am, 11.30am, 4.00pm

Manawatū (Palmerston North)
Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys’ High
13 June
Session Day: 4.00pm

Royal Whanganui Opera House
14 June
Session Day: 1.00pm, 3.30pm

District Rounds – Central
Southland (Invercargill)
Invercargill Repertory Society
8 June
Session Day: 6.30pm

Otago (Dunedin)
Marama Hall
10 June
Session Day: 6.30pm

Canterbury (Christchurch)
The Piano
13-15 June
Sessions Day 1: 10.00am, 2.00pm, 6.00pm
Sessions Day 2: 10.00am, 2.00pm, 6.00pm
Session Day 3: 7.00pm

Nelson/Marlborough (Nelson)
16 June
Sessions Day: 5.00pm

Regional Finals
2 July
Sessions: 11.30am, 4.30pm
Northern – Saint Heliers Church & Community Centre, Auckland
Central – Adam Concert Room, Wellington
Southern – The Piano, Christchurch

National Finals
6 August, 6.30pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

District & Regional Adjudicators
Virginia Hopkins – Southern Districts/Central Regionals
Andrew Uren – Southern Districts/Central Regionals
Rod Skipp – Central Districts/Northern Regionals
Jonathan Tanner – Central Districts/Northern Regionals
Deborah Rawson – Northern Districts/Southern Regionals
Naoto Segawa – Northern Districts/Southern Regionals

National Finals Adjudicators
Madeleine Pierard
Matthew Barley
Stephen De Pledge
Leonie Holmes – Composition
Justine Cormack – Digital Challenge
Benjamin Baker – Digital Challenge

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