‘Big increase’ in groups in chamber music event

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by Greta Yeoman

The number of entrants in the South Canterbury District Chamber Music Contest, held on Monday, was triple last year’s, its organiser says.

South Canterbury contest organiser Ros Taylor said Monday’s contest, held at Craighead Diocesan School, involved 15 groups from Timaru, Geraldine, Mt Hutt, Ashburton and Oamaru.

This was a “big increase” given only five groups entered last year, she said.

“It’s pretty exciting for the local area.”

Chamber music groups can range from three to eight members and include any orchestral instruments.

The annual contest, officially known as the NZ Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, is open to secondary school pupils across the country.

School groups from across South Canterbury performed during two sessions on Monday afternoon, one beginning at 1.30pm and the other at 4.30pm.

The finalists selected from the South Canterbury district to attend the southern regional final are expected to be announced on Saturday.

The national competition is divided into three regions – southern, central and northern – and the southern region is then split into Nelson-Marlborough, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago and Southland district competitions.

The regional finalists will perform in the Southern competition on June 23 in Christchurch.

From there, the national semifinals and finals will be held in Auckland on August 2 and 3.