College – Issue 41

MUSIC Stunning sounds of secondary school music

With four choirs, three chamber music ensembles and the combined Christ’s College and St Margaret’s College orchestra performing, the Combined Annual Music Concert in the Assembly Hall in June was a musical feast. It was also the perfect prelude to the 11 June annual Big Sing regional competition in the Christchurch Town Hall and the following week’s Chamber Music Contest.

The St Margaret’s College Beati Trio and the school’s Middle School Choir performed works by Beethoven and Eric Clapton. The Arnold Trio – Justin Hodges, Joshua Hooker and Bruce Chen – performed a Trio by Arnold Mendelssohn and the evening concluded with College’s Schola Cantorum – directed by Robert Aburn and Nicholas Sutcliffe (and accompanied by Nicholas Sutcliffe) – performing three works, and featuring the trio of Justin Hodges, Joshua Hooker and Bruce Chen. The appreciative audience of College friends, parents and supporters all enjoyed the evening’s entertaining programme.

The Combined Annual Music Concert opened with Nick Coxon and Sarah Hickford co-directing the combined orchestra, led by Justin Hodges. It presented music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Alan Menken, and was followed by the St Margaret’s College Chamber Choir directed by Rachel Wilford and accompanied by Hsing-Yin Lin. The Berlin Trio of Sean Jang, James Drury and Ryan Gu performed a Trio in A minor Opus 188 Movement 1 by Carl Reinecke, and the College Chapel Choir – co-directed by Robert Aburn and Nicholas Sutcliffe and accompanied by Nicholas Sutcliffe – presented three works, including Whakamanawa Ki Te Atua.

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