Young musicians tune up for national chamber contest

Mercy Jones (left), Amanda Wu and Isabel Goodhue formed The Gypsy Trio a few months ago for the purpose of the competition.

Mercy Jones (left), Amanda Wu and Isabel Goodhue formed The Gypsy Trio a few months ago for the purpose of the competition.

A trio of young musicians who got together to enter a regional chamber music competition ended up winning the event after just a few months of rehearsals.

The Gypsy Trio, made up of New Plymouth Girls' High School (NPGHS) students Isabel Goodhue, Amanda Wu and Mercy Jones, came first in the district's round of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest, held at St Andrew's Church in New Plymouth on Friday.

More than 70 secondary students in 20 groups participated in the event.

Eighteen-year-old Goodhue, of Oakura, said the win was a rewarding one.

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"It was lots of fun and lots of hard work so it was a nice result to have," she said.

Cellist Goodhue joined with violinist Wu, 16, and pianist Jones, 12, and they spent many hours practicing together in the lead up to the contest, maximising their time with early morning meet ups before school three days a week.

"They were nice and early wake-ups but definitely worth it," she said.

The trio's contest piece was Piano Trio No. 39, Movements 1 and 3, commonly called The Gypsy Trio, by Joseph Haydn, which was about seven minutes in length.

The three will go on to compete in the Northern Regional Final next weekend where they'll find themselves up against groups from Northland, Auckland, Tauranga, Waikato.

Goodhue said the girls would spend the week preparing for the next round, in which they would perform the same piece that won them the top spot.

Despite going up against a wider pool of talent, the young musician felt a little nervous but was mostly composed ahead of the competition.

"It's a very formal process," she said.

"We haven't heard the other groups but we do know that there are a really high level of standard that comes out of pretty much everywhere, but particularly Auckland - they have a very big music scene."

A Central and Southern bout will also be held and from the three regional competitions 12 groups will be selected to go onto the National Final in August.

Other notable groups from the night included Opus from NPGHS and Sacred Heart Girls' College, Silver Tones from NPGHS, Carl's Angels of NPGHS and Take Four from SHGC, NPGHS and New Plymouth Boys' High School (NPBHS) who were all highly commended.

The KBB Award for best percussion/woodwind group went to the Black Sticks from NPGHS and NPBHS while Inglewood High School's The Lasses took out the Adjudicator Award.

The NZ Music Award went to The Trons, a mash of students from Spotswood College, NPBHS and home-schooled and correspondence students.



 - Stuff

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