Musical Happenings Involving Iona College Students

Rockquest 2013
Bluestreak membersAn historical achievement … first rock band at Iona College to compete in the Rockquest Heats as well as make it through to the top 10 bands at the Regional Finals. The band members are Helen Holt (songwriter/drummer); Claudia Karlsson (voice); Georgia Barrow (voice); Poppy Compston (guitar); and Alicia Compston (bass guitar).
Bluestreak had great energy and stage presence on the night of the Regional Finals at the Napier Municipal Theatre. They really owned the stage and the crowd loved it.
Bluestreak won the “People’s Choice” Award(highest number of text votes) for Hawke’s Bay. Bluestreak are now one of 25 bands with a chance of winning the Skinny Mobile People’s Choice Award National Prize and an opportunity to open the Smokefree rockquest National Final in Auckland. The 25 regional People’s Choice winners will battle it out in a national text vote. Voting will start in August.


Chamber Music Contest
This year, three Iona girls (Sophie Bennett, Lucy Bennett, and Rose Kirkham) combined with students from Havelock North High School and Karamu High School for this contest. 55 Chamber Music groups from Hawke’s Bay schools performed over the weekend of 7-8 June.
Trilogy consisting of Lucy Bennett (flute), Rose Kirkham (piano) and Tarryn Clark (voice) performed two pieces “A Piper” by Michael Head and “Une Flute Invisible” by Saint-Saens
Michi Trio consisting of Sophie Bennett (clarinet), Olivia Wilding (cello), and Devin Farmery (piano) performed “Trio for Piano, Clarinet, Cello in B flat major, Movt. 1” by Beethoven.
Both trios were selected for the Hawke’s Bay District Final (Sunday 9 June) – only eight groups were selected for this. The adjudicators awarded Michi Trio Highly Commended, a well-deserved award.

Chamber music group

Big Sing
Ionian Singers (all-comers choir for Year 9-13 students) participated in the annual Big Sing Choir Secondary School Choral Festival on 20 June at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House. They performed three pieces beautifully under the direction of Mr José Aparicio. Mr Aparicio was awarded the Director’s Award: Awarded to the Director of a choir who, in the opinion of the Adjudicator best demonstrates the following attributes: Clear Direction, Musicianship, Leadership and Inspiration.

Ionian Singers - Big Sing 2013

 Havelock North Library Concert
Havelock North Library ConcertEleven Senior Music Students performed at the Havelock North Library on 27 May. The girls entertained the audience with a variety of solo and group performances. It was a a lovely way to celebrate New Zealand Music Month 2013.