Wentworth’s very talented Year 7 cellist, Caitlin Chen performed in the South Auckland Performing Arts Competition over the last weekend of the school holidays. Caitlin was awarded 1st place in the Junior String Solo – Baroque, Classical/Romantic 11 & 12 year old competition. She also came first in the Junior String Solo Own Selection 11 & 12 years old competition, and Second Place in the Intermediate Restricted Solo Instrumental: Own Choice 11, 12 & 13 years old. Congratulations Caitlin, we always enjoy listening to you play the cello in our music festivals and assemblies.
Our IGCSE Music students had the opportunity to attend the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. The Orchestra played Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with a lovely classical orchestra. The acoustics and virtuoso clarinet playing were superb. This concerto is part of the set work study for IGCSE Music this year.
The 2019 Wentworth Music Festival was a great success last week. It was wonderful to see that all the Years 7 – 9 students were involved in class bands. From ukuleles to recorders, keyboards, violins, bongos and congas, every student performed confidently as part of their group.
Our soloists ranged from string players to pianists, drummers and saxophone players, as well as the beautiful voices of our singers. Between them they covered a wide range of genres from modern Popular Music to Jazz and Classical styles.
One main feature of our Music festivals is our Orchestra, which opened both evenings with an original arrangement and a cover of ‘A Million Dreams’ from the Greatest Showman.
A unique feature this year was the showcasing of songs from our forthcoming school Musical ‘Journey Through the Heart of the Library’ which were sung by the soloists who will perform on stage next term. A special mention to the song ‘Stabby Stabby’ which had the audience joining in!
In the first week of Term 2, a small group of students travelled to Auckland City to hear the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra play a range of pieces from Vivaldi to Bernstein! As the Eras of Music were introduced, the orchestra grew in size and complexity, finishing with a piece by a modern, young New Zealand composer (which was a crowd favourite). It was wonderful to enjoy the talents of Auckland’s Orchestra in residence.
In Term 1, Year 7 students looked at ephemeral art and created sculptures at the beach which, as well as being a lot of fun, also reflected their knowledge of natural and environmental materials and art elements.
In March, a small group of senior students attended the New Zealand Opera’s performance of ‘Candide’ at the Auckland Town Hall. The visual spectacle of sumptuous costumes with dramatic lighting and set proved to be the perfect backdrop for the talent of the NZ Opera society. Gorgeous solos and duos filled the air from Coloratura Soprano to Tenor characters – and the whole performance ended with the Chorus, soloists and Orchestra en masse in the triumphant happy ending!