Student group wins with special song

Secondary school students have showcased their talents at a chamber music contest in New Plymouth.

The 49th secondary schools New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, held at St Andrew's Church on Wednesday, attracted 50 students from 16 groups.

The event was won by High Voltage, made up of marimba player Dominic Jacquemard from Francis Douglas Memorial College and New Plymouth Girls' High students Rachel Dohig, who played the flute and Jiawei Huang on the piano. The year 12 students played Circuit Breaker, written by New Zealand composer David Hamilton especially for them, competition organiser Jocelyn Beath said.

The contest is good opportunity for students to play together and was a very positive part of their musical development, she said.

High Voltage and a saxophone combination from New Plymouth Boys' and Girls' High Schools called Take Four, now move on to represent Taranaki at the regional finals in Whanganui on June 21.

Taranaki Daily News