Suc­cess sounds sweet for Hillcrest

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE -

Hillcrest High School has yet again come out on top at the district round of the Na­tional Chamber Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion.

Held on June 5, the school, lo­cated on Mas­ters Ave, took out five of the seven pos­si­ble plac­ings in the an­nual con­test.

The HHS Raysken Trio, com­prised of Celia Grif­fiths on vi­o­lin, Joo Eun Kim on cello, and Cynthia Lee on pi­ano, won the com­pe­ti­tion for the sec­ond year run­ning.

They will now com­pete in Auck­land in the re­gional round, where the fi­nal­ists will be de­cided.

Last year, the stu­dents’ win­ning streak lead them to the na­tional fi­nal in Welling­ton. They were coached by con­cert cel­list and Waikato Univer­sity lec­turer James Ten­nant.

Hillcrest was also awarded three of the four highly com­mended awards, nabbed up by Lamoral Quar­tet - Brodie Maxwell, Belinda Yang, Cynthia Lee and Shiuh Tzer Pang; Dohnanyi Trio - Shona Shin, Joo Eun Kim and Wes­ley Wu; and Il’yich Trio - Ash­ley Tsai, Wes­ley Wu and Shiuh Tzer Pang.

The ad­ju­di­ca­tors prize also went to La Prochaine, com­pris­ing of Mathilda Grif­fiths, Harry Neil and Gabrielle Ou.

Chamber mu­sic is a form of clas­si­cal mu­sic that is com­posed for a small group of in­stru­ments.

The Na­tional Chamber Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion is the long­est run­ning youth mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion in New Zealand and is the only na­tion­wide chamber mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion for young secondary school mu­si­cians.

From hun­dreds of en­sem­bles na­tion­wide, only 12 groups make it through to the fi­nals.

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