Westlake Girls High School's string quartet Geist is heading to China next month after winning the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest.
Students Lauren Bennett and Britta Balzat, playing the violin, Sophia Lee playing the viola and Sally Kim playing the cello will perform with well-known New Zealand pianist John Chen.
Never before in the history of the contest has a winning ensemble been picked for an international tour while its members are still at school.
Geist first violinist Lauren Bennett, 16, says the invitation was a huge surprise.
“We were very happy about winning the contest and we are so honoured to be invited to China.
"John Chen was the judge at last year's contest when we won and now we're playing on his tour," Lauren says.
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