Take a bow, young Rachel

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

A young Eden Ter­race mu­si­cian has suc­cess in her sights af­ter win­ning a pres­ti­gious na­tional schol­ar­ship.

Rachel Grim­wood, 16, is one of seven teens to be awarded an Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra Sec­ondary School Schol­ar­ship.

The vi­ola player was se­lected from mu­si­cians from all over the coun­try who sent in their per­for­mances on DVD.

Schol­ars will get oneon-one lessons with orches­tra sec­tion lead­ers in prepa­ra­tion for play­ing at a Kiwi Kapers ed­u­ca­tion con­cert in Oc­to­ber.

She will be work­ing with prin­ci­pal vi­o­list Robert Ash­worth.

She says she is “very ex­cited” at the op­por­tu­nity.

“It will be a good ex­pe­ri­ence if I ever want to join a pro­fes­sional orches­tra.”

The Ep­som Girls Gram­mar stu­dent has played the vi­ola for five years and plays in both the school orches­tra and cham­ber orches­tra.

She also plays vi­o­lin and pi­ano, com­poses her own con­tem­po­rary mu­sic and sings in the school choir.

The year 12 stu­dent plans to study mu­sic at Auck­land Univer­sity.

Phil­har­mo­nia ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Lee Far­ley says the schol­ar­ships aim to give young mu­si­cians the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing a pro­fes­sional mu­si­can.

“Learn­ing how to play in an orches­tra is some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

“They can’t learn that any­where else.”

Mrs Far­ley says the stan­dard of en­tries for this year’s schol­ar­ships was the high­est since the pro­gramme started four years ago.

Schol­ars will be of­fered lead­er­ship roles at youth events such as the or­ches­tral sum­mer school.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Sound of suc­cess: Rachel Grim­wood, 16, is the win­ner of an Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra schol­ar­ship.

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