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9 Isabella Gregory, centre, in concert. Photo: Neil Macbeth
Busy year for talented young musician
Rangi Ruru student Isabella Gregory, a highly talented musician who excels as both a flautist and a pianist, has had a busy and exciting year with her music. At the start of 2017, the Year 13 student was one of two new interns with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. A student of CSO principal flute and University of Canterbury lecturer Anthony Ferner, Isabella had the opportunity to perform in the CSO and receive lessons with section principals. Over Waitangi weekend, she took part in the university’s International Flute Symposium, held at Rangi Ruru, with internationally acclaimed flautist Emily Beynon. Mid-year she travelled to Brisbane for the Australian Flute Festival, then in August, as a member of one of her school’s three senior chamber music groups, Isabella competed in the NZCT Chamber Nationals in Wellington. Her group, Buda and the Pests, was one of six Gold Award winners, winning a cash prize of $800. The group was also the National KBB
Award winner for a group containing any of woodwind/ brass/percussion. The two other groups from Rangi Ruru, Amadeus and The French Connection, won a Gold and Silver Award respectively. Isabella’s most recent success was her performance last month at a public concert at The Piano in Armagh Street, for which she received a stellar review from music reviewer Patrick Shepherd. She performed as a part of the Outstanding Young Musicians presentation by Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust, which showcased the talents of Isabella on flute with her accompanist Tim Emerson on piano and Matthew Lee on flute. Her 2017 successes have added to her previous achievements over the last several years, during which she has had positions with NZSO National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Concert Band and the NZ Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra.
As a pianist Isabella has performed and won awards in the district, regional and national finals of the NZCT Chamber music Concerts over the past two years. Director of Music at Rangi Ruru, Janet Kingsbury is thrilled with Isabella’s achievements. “Isabella is an exceptionally talented young musician who impresses all who have the privilege of working with her and hearing her perform,” she says. “She is one of Rangi’s top academic students, and is also the student Head of Sustainability, a position she holds with dedication and pride.” Isabella has just completed her Level 3 NCEA and Scholarship exams in six subjects, and is looking forward to getting her results early in 2018. She has been awarded s Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship for study at Victoria University next year.
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Fendalton Ilam Gazette 05-12-17