THE CONTEST UP CLOSE in photos

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…


03.08.2013 8.30pm

Impressive percussion set up at half time. 2 competing groups to go!

Impressive percussion set up at half time. 2 competing groups to go!

03.08.2013 7:00pm

Last minute warm ups

Last minute warm ups

Finals begin very soon...!

Finals begin very soon…!

02.08.2013 6:00pm

Fresh off stage and glowing! Hall Quartet (Christchurch)

Fresh off stage and glowing! Hall Quartet (Christchurch)

02.08.2013 5:30pm

Don’t let the pretty flowers fool you…..

....These musicians mean business!! (No oboes were harmed in the taking of this photo)

….These musicians mean business!! (No oboes were harmed in the taking of this photo)

Mentalstorm (Auckland) ready to perform!

Mentalstorm (Auckland) ready to perform!

02.08.2013 5:00pm

Trio Étoile (Christchurch) from the wings

Trio Étoile (Christchurch) from the wings

Trio Provence of Wellington!

Trio Provence of Wellington!

Double reed mania!

02.08.2013 – 4:30pm

Elektra's sparkly setup

Elektra’s sparkly setup

Gearing up for the second semi-finals!

Gearing up for the second semi-finals!

02.08.2013 – 2.45pm

Keepin' it stylish in red sneakers for rehearsal ...

Keepin’ it stylish in red sneakers for rehearsal …

It's The Front Room from Christchurch performing a trio for two oboes and cor anglais.

It’s The Front Room from Auckland performing a trio for two oboes and cor anglais.

02.08.2013 – 2.30pm

Representing woodwind!

Representing woodwind!

The Hall Quartet are all set to perform their piece by Francaix.

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?

Who could be playing this Shostakovich trio in dapper silver ties?

None other than the Sollertinsky Trio from Auckland.

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.

Minutes before heading on stage for the semi-finalist performance it is Vitalitē.

02.08.2013 – 12.00pm

Nature dehumanized ...

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.

Setting the stage for Vox from Auckland! Semi finals starting very soon.

Francis prepares the piano...

Francis prepares the piano…

Camera Time! With Cl'Amour from Christchurch.

Camera Time! With Cl’Amour from Christchurch.

Birdseye view of Romanza Trio's dress rehearsal

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.

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.

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 Saens Trio No.2!

One of the instruments soon to be wowing the audience with Saint Sans Trio No.2!

... And here are the musicians! Vitalite from Auckland.

… And here are the musicians! Vitalite from Auckland.

01.08.2013 – 3.20pm

What's happening 'backstage' right now?

What’s happening ‘backstage’ right now?

We're getting the contest programmes hot off the press!

We’re getting the contest programmes hot off the press!

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