Piece just fine on the night
A group of Marlborough college students won the regional New Zealand Chamber Music secondary schools' ensemble contest in Nelson on Saturday night, despite having barely played together.
The sextet were one of eight groups from the top of the south to play at the Nelson School of Music, and their winning performance of the traditional piece O Come O Come Emmanuel has earned them a place in the national final in Auckland on August 4.
The Traverheim Ensemble includes United States brothers Ivan Suminski (lead violinist) and Nick Suminski (viola) who are studying at Marlborough Boys' College for one year.
The rest of the group are Abbey Burns, on violin, and Heeyeon Oh, on cello, from Marlborough Girls' College, and Kimberly Jones, on piano, and Samara Lloyd, on violin, who are both home-schooled.
Samara said they were "amazed" to gain first place, because they had only practised together three times before the competition.
"We are really excited and pleased, but will want to practise some more before the national competition. It's just finding the time to do it."
Music teacher Linda Lloyd said the judge thought the performance was "rich in quality of tone, emotive and sensitively played".
Schola Casa Trio also featured Samara Lloyd, on violin, and Kimberly Jones, on piano, joined by Charlotte Panoho, on the clarinet. The trio performed Romance composed by Yichuan Shen.
Although they did not place, their performance was musically presented with great potential shown by all three performers, said Mrs Lloyd.
The Traverheim Ensemble will perform O Come O Come Emmanuel at Jazz Night at the Wesley Centre on Henry St in Blenheim on Friday from 7pm. They will be joined by other young Marlborough talent including Marlborough's Got Talent winner Mitch Alderlieste, and Tony and Coral Thiel and Robin Randall.
- The Marlborough Express