Ensembles chase NZ finals spot

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 13/06/2014

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Young musicians tuned their violins and polished their french horns to compete yesterday in the annual New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest.

Forty-five secondary school students from South Canterbury and Waitaki took to the stage at Timaru Boys' High School for the regional part of the competition.

They made up 13 ensembles, including one string septet, competing for a spot in the national finals in Christchurch in August.

At the end of each of 15 regional contests, the winning group, and up to four highly commended groups, will be named and an award given for the overall best performance of a New Zealand work.

The contest is the longest running youth music competition in New Zealand. It is the only nationwide chamber music competition for young musicians and composers.

Many winners have gone on to successful musical careers, including pianist Michael Houstoun, who competed when he was a student in Timaru.

Results of the contest will be available tomorrow.

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- The Timaru Herald

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