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Piano Plus Festival

The Piano Plus Festival is an annual event held in June, providing a great performance opportunity for all students of Wellington Branch IRMT members to prepare a short programme of music, perform to a supportive audience, receive valuable feedback from an adjudicator, and to hear other performers and repertoire.

Students perform a selection of contrasting pieces for Classes 1 – 5. Grades given are simply as a guideline. In all classes, the performance may be on any instrument, and if accompanied on another instrument it may be by an adult/teacher. If entering as a soloist, only the soloist will be assessed. Classes 1 – 5 must all include one work by a New Zealand composer, which may be an own composition. Duos, duets and ensembles (Classes 7 and 8) are all for students only, and are for any instruments, including voice.

All performers in classes 1, 2 and 3 will receive gold/silver/bronze medals. Performers in these classes are assessed on their own merits and are not assessed against each other. Certificates and prize money will be awarded for classes 4 – 8. There is also an award for an Emerging Young Composer, who will receive a voucher from SOUNZ for an own composition, and there is also a prize from SOUNZ for the best performance of a NZ work in each of classes 1 – 5.


Piano Plus Festival 2019 – Prize Winners

Class 7 – Junior Ensembles, age 13 & under

1st Ashlee & Hayley Shum

2nd Cameron Sparks & Tom Davey

Class 4 – Grades 5 & 6

1st Ruben Manz

2nd Nomi Barraud

3rd Cameron Sparks

Class 5 – Wellington Piano & Instrumental Group – Grades 7 & 8

1st Zachary Thirkell

2nd Isabel Ross

3rd Iris Ma

Class 6 – Judith Clark Class, Performance of J S Bach, solo piano, open

1st Zachary Thirkell

2nd Sam Merton

Class 8 – Senior Ensembles age 13 & over

1st Jeanice Chan & Charlotte Ooi

2nd Hayley & Emma Chung