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Judith Clark Sonata Celebration

The Judith Clark Sonata Celebration is an annual event held each year in September, in which advanced students of Wellington Branch IRMT members are encouraged to perform any or all movements of a sonata (or sonatina) of their choice. The Sonata Celebration is run in three classes: Junior, Senior and Tertiary. Students may perform on any instrument, and may also enter duet sonatas. All performers receive an adjudicator’s report, however only performances of whole sonatas (or sonatinas) will be eligible for prizes.


Sonata Celebration – 8th September 2019

Adjudicator: Michael Endres

This event was held this year for the first time in the Adam Concert Room at Victoria University, where performers were fortunate to play on a Steinway Concert Grand. There were 21 performers and we enjoyed entire sonatinas and sonatas from a variety of composers. It was lovely to hear a sonata for cello and piano included in the programme.

Adjudicator Michael Endres, from Christchurch, commented that he enjoyed the choices of music and the different styles and personalities of each performer. He encouraged the more advanced students to explore sonatas from the 20th century and beyond, giving examples such as Berg, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Barber, Copland, Janacek, Martinu, Dutillieux, Hindemith, Shostakovich, Rautavara, Ives, Tubin, and Boulez.

The following prizes were awarded:

Category 1: Age 14 & Under 1st: Joshua Langford

2nd: Grace Young

Category 2: Age 15 & Over 1st: William Berry

2nd: Ning Chin

Category 3: Tertiary students 1st: Otis Prescott-Mason

2nd=: Liam Furey, Tas Richards

We are grateful to the performers for giving us a day of beautiful music, and to the teachers who prepared their students. Thanks also to ABRSM for providing one of the prizes, Lodge No. 2 for all other prize money, and Trinity College for assistance with adjudicator expenses.

We hope that some of these young performers will themselves go on to teach, join the IRMT and, in turn, provide performance opportunities such as this for their own students.