Violinists Play with National Symphony Orchestra

May 06, 2019 at 2:10 PM

The New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra (NZSSSO) has convened annually since 1960, selecting the top students in each instrumental category from around the country.  Many of New Zealand’s top professional musicians have taken part in the group which provides a stepping stone to the exceptional National Youth Orchestra. 

This year, we are delighted that two of our College violin players, Esther Oh and Celina Tsui, were selected to join the symphony orchestra to perform in the 2019 concert held in Christchurch during the April holidays. They join the list of past students who were also selected whilst at College: Thomas Scott (trumpet), Emily Young (cello), Ethan Blight (principal clarinet), John Moon (double bass), Nicholas Scott (trombone), Evan Metcalfe (French horn), Ericia Chang (violin) and Joshua Pan (violin). 

Esther and Celina spent six days in Christchurch, during which they participated in a variety of practical sessions and rehearsals – culminating in two public performances of challenging full-scale orchestral works. The ‘NZSSSO’ is widely regarded as a significant training ground for young players aspiring to membership of the New Zealand Youth Orchestra and ultimately to a career as a professional musician. 

This was a superb opportunity for our musicians to perform at this level and represent Saint Kentigern with distinction. We look forward to hearing the girls play in the many performance opportunities as our musicians build to their competitions, beginning with the Senior College Solo Music Competition this Wednesday night, 8 May in Elliot Hall at 7pm. The entry is free and we would love to see members of the community attend to hear our very best soloists compete.

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