July 2017

National Chamber Music Composition Winner

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Congratulations to Stefenie Pickston (Y11) who is the Auckland winner of the National Chamber Music Composition contest (junior section) for her string quartet Bolero: A Short Piece for String Quartet. 

Composition adjudicator Michael Norris said Stefenie Pickston’s composition was a "really interesting take on the bolero dance" and he commended her references to Ravel’s Bolero, "the suave little chromaticisms, the playfulness of the rhythms and the gradual building of textural density".

Stefenie is justifiably pleased and proud with her win. She was originally asked to write a piece for a school ensemble to perform in the contest, but the ensemble didn’t eventuate so Stefenie entered it into the composition section herself. It was the first time she had entered the composition section of the contest, but has been composing music for some years. Stefenie mostly plays clarinet, but also violin and was inspired by hearing a piece at the KBB Music Festival which had string players using a range of different techniques to create music and rhythm including using their hands to ‘swipe’ across their instruments. She is interested in the idea that a bow can be used in lots of different ways to create music.

Quilting for a Cause

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Working in groups of 4 – 6 students, the Year 9 Soft Materials classes have been focusing on quilt-making.  After first choosing a target audience and developing a theme, the students have produced beautiful appliquéd quilts. The completed work will be donated to Foster Hope and given to children in care.

Australian International Festival 2017 an Outstanding Success

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On 9 July, 36 of our Lynfield College musicians travelled to Sydney to participate in the Australian International Music Festival. Highlights of the eight-day tour included performing at the Sydney Opera House, workshops at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, sightseeing and dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Lynfield College won two GOLD AWARDS! Congratulations to the Jazz Combo and the Festival Band.

As promised here are some photos of the highlights.

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Sydney Conservatorium of Music Live at Darling Harbour Sydney Conservatorium of Music
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  Sightseeing around the Sydney Harbour  
playing opera house night percussion