Family on key in competition
The Kapi- Mana Music competitions proved to be a family affair. Brothers Benjamin and Daniel Sneyd- Utting and Alexander Sneyd dominated the proceedings, winning the intermediate, junior and senior sections respectively.
The other major award went to John Tan for most promising pianist.
The competition was held over the weekend of August 25-26 at Te Rauparaha Arena. Organised by Kapi-Mana Music Teachers’ Association, it is designed to give school-aged students the oppor- tunity to perform in public. This assists students in their musical development, showcasing local talent, said spokeswoman Carolyn Rait.
With 16 classes to judge and 130 performances on a wide variety of instruments, adjudicator Colin Taylor was kept very busy.
‘‘ I was astounded at the standard shown, especially at the senior levels.
‘‘Students were normally well prepared and the standard of teaching in the region is obviously very high,’’ he said.
Most promising senior: Alexander Sneyd with Kapi-Mana Music competition adjudicator Colin Taylor. Sneyd won the senior string solo and senior piano solo, grade 7 and higher.