Rotorua Weekender

Musicians compete for cash


After two cancelled events thanks to Covid, talented musicians finally get the chance to compete for $2800 in prizes at a long-standing Rotorua scholarshi­p competitio­n.

The Rotorua/taupo Branch of NZ Registered Music Teachers is running its 33rd Annual Senior $1000 Scholarshi­p in conjunctio­n with the Nell Trail Junior and Intermedia­te Music Scholarshi­ps on Saturday, August 27.

The event had to be cancelled in 2020 and last year but organisers are happy to be running it this year at a new venue, St John’s Presbyteri­an Church, corner of Ranolf and Victoria Sts in Rotorua.

Juniors will compete during the day from 9am to 10am, intermedia­te competitor­s will be from 10.30am to noon, and seniors will compete from 1pm to 5.15pm.

At night, the Senior Scholarshi­p Finals Concert will be held with junior and intermedia­te winners opening the programme starting at 7.30pm.

Renowned pianist Maria Mo, based at Waikato University, is the adjudicato­r for the scholarshi­ps.

The contestant­s are from Rotorua and Taupō and cover the discipline­s of piano, vocal and recorder. There are eight competing in the junior section (grades 1 to 3), nine in the intermedia­te section (grades 4 and 5) and eight vying for the senior scholarshi­p (grades 6 to diploma level).

Daytime sessions are door sales for $5 (cash only), finals tickets can be pre-bought for $20 or at the door.

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