Schools’ music festival turns 50

A combined schools orchestra and choir performs God Defend New Zealand at the 50th Otago Secondary Schools' Music Festival at the Dunedin Town Hall last night. Photos: Peter McIntosh
A combined schools orchestra and choir performs God Defend New Zealand at the 50th Otago Secondary Schools' Music Festival at the Dunedin Town Hall last night. Photos: Peter McIntosh
Conductor Richard Madden keeps a combined choir and ensemble in sync.
Conductor Richard Madden keeps a combined choir and ensemble in sync.
A combined schools orchestra plays Franz Schubert's Symphony No 8 Mvt 1, conducted by John Dodd.
A combined schools orchestra plays Franz Schubert's Symphony No 8 Mvt 1, conducted by John Dodd.
Logan Park High School pupil Finn McKinlay performs a trombone solo.
Logan Park High School pupil Finn McKinlay performs a trombone solo.

A combined schools orchestra and choir performs God Defend New Zealand at the 50th Otago Secondary Schools’ Music Festival at the Dunedin Town Hall last night.

Pupils from 13 Dunedin and South Otago schools joined  for performances ranging in styles from classical to jazz, multicultural and rock music.

Dunedin music teacher Aart Brusse said the annual concert was  inspired by the original King Edward Technical College concerts and allowed pupils to perform at a musical level often not possible at their own schools.

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