This Friday and Saturday is the National Finals of the 2013 NZCT Chamber Music Contest! From hundreds of ensembles nationwide, only 12 groups have made it through to the Finals weekend. At the end of the concert on Saturday, the winner of the Finals will be announced. And we’re getting UP CLOSE with all the backstage, front-stage and side-stage action in this photo blog. So check in throughout the event for the latest behind-the-scenes pics…
Impressive percussion set up at half time. 2 competing groups to go!
Last minute warm ups
Finals begin very soon…!
Fresh off stage and glowing! Hall Quartet (Christchurch)
Don’t let the pretty flowers fool you…..
….These musicians mean business!! (No oboes were harmed in the taking of this photo)
Mentalstorm (Auckland) ready to perform!
Trio Étoile (Christchurch) from the wings
Trio Provence of Wellington!
Double reed mania!
02.08.2013 – 4:30pm
Elektra’s sparkly setup
Gearing up for the second semi-finals!
02.08.2013 – 2.45pm
Keepin’ it stylish in red sneakers for rehearsal …
It’s The Front Room from Auckland performing a trio for two oboes and cor anglais.
02.08.2013 – 2.30pm
The Hall Quartet are all set to perform their piece by Francaix.
02.08.2013 – 2pm
Who could be playing this Shostakovich trio in dapper silver ties?
None other than the Sollertinsky Trio from Auckland.
02.08.2013 – 12.30pm
Minutes before heading on stage for the semi-finalist performance it is Vitalitē.
02.08.2013 – 12.00pm
Nature dehumanized …
Vox from Auckland wear masks for their Goerge Crumb Vox Balaenae for Three Masked Players.
02.08.2013 – 11.00am
Setting the stage for Vox from Auckland! Semi finals starting very soon.
Francis prepares the piano…
Camera Time! With Cl’Amour from Christchurch.
Birdseye view of Romanza Trio’s dress rehearsal
Checking the microphones are in tip top shape for Radio NZ’s recordings of the semi-finals. All the while the Sollertinsky Trio from Auckland rehearse like pros.
02.08.2013 – 9:30am
Jessica, Seoyoung and Amy rehearse Nino Rota’s Trio for flute, violin and piano.
02.08.2013 – 9:00am
One of the instruments soon to be wowing the audience with Saint Sans Trio No.2!
… And here are the musicians! Vitalite from Auckland.
01.08.2013 – 3.20pm
What’s happening ‘backstage’ right now?
We’re getting the contest programmes hot off the press!