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Two concerts in a week

Sancta Maria College’s music students were lucky enough to attend two very different musical events, last week.

First off was a visit to the Town Hall for 45 of our players and singers to see the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in concert. They were treated to classics such as Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor (played on the Town Hall’s majestic pipe organ), Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the final movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

We are lucky to be a part of the APO’s mentoring scheme and are looking forward to working with some of their players this year, in anticipation of our trip to the KBB Festival in August.

The second concert was a recital courtesy of Howick’s Uxbridge Centre, which featured the Chinese instrument, the Pipa. Mrs Gao came to play for us in our Chapel and students were treated to the beautiful sounds of the Pipa, which is similar to the lute. It was a wonderful cross-cultural experience for our students and we would like to thank Chantelle Xie of the Uxbridge Centre for the opportunity. Of course, we will be returning the compliment on Friday, June 30, when our Chamber Orchestra, Senior Choir and Jazz Combo will all be travelling to the Uxbridge Centre to perform in their midday concert series, Classics At Twelve. See you there.

Mr Stuart Gibbs