Whakatipu Music Festival
NZSO flautist Bridget Douglas, one of the coaches at the CORO workshop in Bannockburn. Photo supplied

Coronation Hall, Bannockburn is the venue for one of the 2022 Whakatipu Music Festival workshop events.

As the title of the festival suggests, most offerings will be held in and around Queenstown.  One, however, is in Bannockburn for the Central Otago Regional Orchestra members, most of whom find Bannockburn a more central location.

The workshop will be coached by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) flautist Bridget Douglas and cellist Andrew Joyce.

Whakatipu Music Festival aims to ‘showcase extraordinary music from Aotearoa’s leading musicians, emerging artists and local talent’.  Four days of outstanding classical, jazz, singer-songwriting, Broadway hits and tango pourer performances will take place this Easter.

The festival is part of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition organisation.  However, due to the border restrictions in relations to the Covid-19 pandemic, the international competition is deferred.

The National String Competition and Lewis Eady National Piano Competition went ahead in February.

The Whakatipu Music Festival had its inaugural festival last year, and features a wide range of free and ticketed performances.

One aspect is the Young Artist Programme.  Selected from a national online audition process, 12 of New Zealand’s top emerging classical music talents will receive coaching from the Festival artists, and participate in career development workshops to hone their professional skills.

The professional musicians will also deliver free workshops and teacher training for and with the local community – this includes school visits.

On Friday night the Festival Opening Concert will be held in the Queenstown Memorial Hall, and Saturday  features the Young Artist Recitals at 3pm, and the Festival Artists Concert at 7.30pm.

For the full programme and tickets go to michaelhillviolincompetition.co.nz

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