Practice strains not all musical

 Aurora Verde trio members (from left) Cameron Monteath (16), Rose Stevenson (15) and Sara de Vries (15) rehearse for the upcoming NZCT Chamber Music Contest southern regional final in Christchurch. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Aurora Verde trio members (from left) Cameron Monteath (16), Rose Stevenson (15) and Sara de Vries (15) rehearse for the upcoming NZCT Chamber Music Contest southern regional final in Christchurch. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Some light callisthenics, yoga and even colouring with crayons - it's fair to say the Aurora Verde trio are employing some unorthodox techniques in their rehearsals at the moment.

Violinist Rose Stevenson, clarinettist Sara de Vries and pianist Cameron Monteath won the NZCT Chamber Music Contest Otago district final last weekend, and are mixing some unconventional activities with their usual rehearsals in a bid to reach the next stage of the competition.

''We've been trying some yoga, deep breathing, hand callisthenics to keep them warm - oh, and colouring in,'' Rose said.

''It's all designed to help us control our nerves.''

The trio were very excited after winning the district final, but their celebrations were short-lived.

The next day, they were back in the rehearsal room, resuming their work on Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Pierre Max Dubois, for their upcoming performance in the southern regional final in Christchurch next Saturday.

''We're just practising all the things that the adjudicator picked up in our Dunedin performance, and trying to keep it up.''

The trio hope to be one of the 12 secondary school chamber music ensembles from across New Zealand to reach the national semifinals and finals in Wellington on August 5 and 6.

The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is the longest-running youth music competition in New Zealand and hundreds of ensembles participate in the competition each year.


 

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