The quality of Avondale College's musicians shone at the Auckland-wide KBB Music Festival, held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral and St Mary's Chapel last week, with our four groups receiving multiple awards.
Avondale's Chamber Orchestra's performance of their twenty minute programme was so outstanding that they were one of just four chamber groups invited to perform at Saturday afternoon's Gala Concert. The group received not only a Gold Award at the conclusion of the event, but also the award for the Best Work in an 'Other' Style for their performance of Bosse Nordin's Scottis. The group is led by itinerant teacher Mr Dave Snelling, but are self-directed in performance, with Year 13 student Chelsea Hong (violin) and soloist Irene Kim in Year 12 on viola giving strong leadership.
Also receiving a Gold Award in the jazz section of the competition was the Avondale College Big Band, led by Mr Mike Robinson. They too were invited to perform in the Gala Concert, where they gave a high-energy performance of Sing Sang Sung featuring Year 10 soprano saxophonist Ben Ridsdale and trombonist Jakob Elijas.
The Avondale College Symphony Orchestra, led by Avondale's Director of Music, Dr Julie Garner, received a Silver Award. Their repertoire included a breathtaking performance of The Prayer, featuring soloists Delores Lesatele and Dom Tupou, which was very well received by the audience. Also receiving a Silver Award was the Avondale College Stage Band, led by itinerant music teacher, Mr David Edmundson.
Congratulations to each student who performed in the KBB performances; the high standard attained reflects many, many hours of individual and group work in the months leading up to the competition, and the awards are well deserved!