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Grammar Virtuosi Tour of Wellington

During the Term 1 holidays, the School's string group, Grammar Virtuosi, travelled south for a four-day tour of Wellington.

While they were ther, the group were involved in a series of rehearsals, as well as two workshops with Dr Martin Riseley, the Head of Strings at the New Zealand School of Music, and Donald Armstrong, Belinda Veitch and Eleanor Carter from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

They also presented two concerts, firstly at St Peter's-on-Willis on Thursday 29 April, and then a lunchtime concert at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul's the following day. The musicians working with the group all commented on the high standard of musicality and technical skill within the group and were able to provide great critical insight into improving and enhancing their performance.

Performing a variety of challenging repertoire, including Summer from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi with Prefect R. Gan as soloist, the first movement of Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto with Prefect D. L. Fleming as soloist, the first movement from Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No.1 and Arcangelo Corelli's Christmas Concerto. As part of the St Peter's-on-Willis concert, Old Boy Taliesin Amoore '16 joined the performance for a reprise of Chris Adams' Summer Songs which the group had performed last year.

Both performances were well received by the audiences and the students particularly enjoyed performing in the reverberant acoustic of Wellington Cathedral. The students represented the School well over the course of the tour and it was great to see their development.