Music festival platform for students

JACK MONTGOMERIE
Last updated 05:00 01/09/2014

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South Canterbury high school students treated audiences at the St Mary's Music Festival to 45 musical items over the weekend while gaining valuable experience with a live audience.

Festival organiser Adrienne Wood said the event was "an outreach" by the church aimed at giving senior students a platform to practise in front of an audience.

Students from a number of local high schools took part, with several using the occasion to record performance videos for NCEA assessments.

Christchurch pianist and music teacher Wallace Woodley adjudicated the event, choosing the following winners.

Piano, Ophelia Stott; piano duet, Anna Breen and Sophie Howe; composition, Daniel Armstrong; instrumental, Charlotte Lamb; best group, Craighead Diocesan School group "Strings Are Us".

Singing, Hannah Austin and Brooke Healy. Thomas Kissell won the brass section, and was also awarded the John and Melissa Shoaf Cup. The cup was donated by St Mary's new vicar, John Shoaf, who will begin work on November 1.

A date for the congregation's return remains unknown.

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- The Timaru Herald

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