Register 2020

CULTURE Instrumental Music

ORCHESTRA Sadly, but inevitably, many events were cancelled, postponed, or in many cases both, due to the various changes in Covid-19 alert levels over the year. Early in the year, the focus was on the Orchestra Extravaganza with St Margaret’s College and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, which was due to take place in Term 1. This was cancelled due to the nationwide lockdown, as was the annual combined concert with St Margaret’s. The next scheduled performance was the St Margaret’s concert in August, which was first postponed, then back on, and finally cancelled due to the alert level at the time. The secondary schools’ Orchestra Festival was also a casualty in 2020. The Combined Orchestra finally managed its first and only performance of the year at the Sedley Wells Music Competition, playing “All in a Garden Green” and “Fork Dance” from Coxon’s “Garden Sketches” and “Czardas” by Monti. Year 13 student Ederick He was leader of the orchestra. The frustration of the year was that although we managed to rehearse for much of the year, we did only the one performance. ROCK BANDS Rock bands continue to be very popular, with 13 bands at College this year, 10 of which entered Smokefree Rockquest. Because of Covid, all bands submitted online videos, recorded at Orange Studios. College band By Tomorrow won the Canterbury regional final, and JJ and the Stingers won the ZM Best Song Award for their second song.


SEDLEY WELLS MUSIC COMPETITION The Sedley Wells Music Competition is open to any student at College who plays a musical instrument or sings solo. This year the adjudicator was Alex Goodwin, assistant organist at the Transitional Cathedral.

Sadly, the annual Southern Jam Jazz Festival in Blenheim, due to be held in early August, was cancelled, but we were pleased some performances were able to go ahead. The Big Band performed at House Music, and the Big Band and Jazz Combo performed at the Christchurch Big Band Festival in October and in a gig at Fat Eddie’s in November. Saxophones Ben Davis* (Tenor) (Head of Big Band)

2020 RESULTS Senior Winner Bruce Chen – Piano Highly Commended Justin Hodges – Violin John-Paul Lay – Piano Ollie Jones – Voice Junior Winner Josh Hooker – Violin Highly Commended James Drury – Violin Edward Nye – Voice

Jack Belcher (Alto) Nate Ovendale (Alto) Finlay Sharpe (Alto) Josh Erasmus (Tenor) Shyam Hari* (Baritone)

Trumpets Oliver Butler Thomas McClean Trombones Robert McClean William Sudell Michael Taylor

HONOURS TIES A number of boys received Honours Ties for Instrumental Music in their chosen disciplines. With one exception, all are Year 13 students. Jazz and Classical Music Justin Hodges (Year 12), Ben Davis, Ederick He, John-Paul Lay, Thomas McClean Contemporary Music Ben Evans, Seb Hudson, Ben Young

Keyboard Nick Wilson Josh Jolly* (played keyboard in the Jazz Combo)

Rhythm Nick Wilson – Keyboard Josh Jolly* – Keyboard (played in the Jazz Combo)

Nick Coxon HoD Instrumental Music

Rory Doull* – Guitar Jeremy Kinley* – Bass

Matthew Brett* – Drums Henry Briscoe* – Vocals (and occasional saxophone)


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