Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wrapping up November

Thursday 28th November 12.30-1pm
Venue: Christchurch City Council Foyer of wet (53 Hereford St)
or Re:START Mall if fine. Notification will be on the chisnallwoodmusic facebook page, school twitter and the music website.
The performance will feature our Irish Band plus a couple of items from the Ukes and Choir.

Friday 29th November at Windsor School
"Feedback" and our Jazz Combo will be performing at this outdoor event if fine. These two groups contain many ex-Windsor students so it is special that they can be part of this event. They are on between 6.50 and 8pm.

This Saturday our Ukulele Band travel up to Auckland to join the NZ Kiwilele Festival and play along with 2500 other uke players.

Well done to all the students who performed over the 3 Itinerant nights in a total of 11 short concerts. Thanks to the students and itinerant teachers who put fantastic preparation in and made it enjoyable and friendly end-of-year events.

2013 CDs can be pre-ordered online at
We are still recording them but hope to have a great range of groups recorded for students to be able to remember the year by. They will be delivered before Christmas (incase you want them for presents).

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nov 14th


Congratulations to all the rock bands who played at the Canterbury BandQuest 1 last night. All the bands played really well and to a superb standard. It was a great night with special sound and lighting. There were a total of 14 bands from ChCh and all the way from Timaru, with 5 from Chisnallwood. The judges were from the Dukes and a past RockQuest competitor and the guest band from Shirley Boys High AASHAWILLANDCULLEN was great.

Fantastic results from the Chisnallwood bands:
Best Original Lyric Award: Breana Riordan from the band "Rewind" for her lyrics for "Turn back the time"
"Killer" Guitarist award: Reuben Sepulona
3rd Place: "Fallen Sky" - Meg Collinson, James Kleiss, Tom Heeney and Liam Johnson.
1st Place winners: "Feedback" - Olivia Costello, William Murton, Taylah Emmett, Devin Pullyblank, Micah Watkinson and Thomas Hughes.
The prize winners have won $550 to for our music department spend at the CHCH Rock Shop!

These start next week and the programmes are looking great! You can find detailed information and a form here on the music webpage. You may have to wait a moment for the page to load. These are all free to attend and the dates are Wed Nov, Thurs Nov 21 and Monday Nov 25th.

The following students have sat Trinity College flute exams:
Taylah Emmett gained grade 2 with distinction
Keisha Watkins gained grade 3 with merit
Annabelle Heaney gained grade 3 with merit

A few pictures from the last week of music taken at Wigram Airforce, Aurora Centre and outdoor lunchtime concert.

Any jazzy families wanting to go to Wellington in January, check out the 2014 NZ Jazz Workshops

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Music

When: Wed, Nov 13th 7pm-9.30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Where: Chisnallwood Hall
Cost: $10 (free for band members). Door sales.
What: Rock band competition for bands up to year 8 from around Canterbury. Bands get a sound check and feedback from judges earlier in the day then get to do the full on performance/competition at night to an audience of incredible supporters! (you!)
Chisnallwood Bands taking part are: Feedback, 3-50, Fallen Sky and Gold Rush Crew. Rewind will be playing at their 2pm soundcheck but not in the evening.

Nov 13th, CBS Arena
A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Britten)
Piano Concerto No 1 (Tchaikovsky)
Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz)
There is a fabulous student offer of $10 school tickets for this concert. (for those not at Bandquest!)
Please send your money and name to the music office by the Monday 11th if you want to take advantage of this. You can also sign up on the music wiki for this offer 

Congratulations to students of Marnie Barrell - Breana Riordan (1), Lia Fairburn (2) and Olivia Crighton (2) who passed their grade exams on piano with merit! Well done!

All students learning itinerant music at Chisnallwood have the chance to perform at one of the Itinerant nights in November. This is a fantastic opportunity to share what students have been learning, and great opportunity to meet the itinerant teacher too!
There's a confirmation form on the wiki which will help us get the programme notes right if you fill it in!
The itinerant nights will be on the following days: Wed Nov 20th 6.30pm-8.30pm - Itinerant night 1

  • drums (Henare)- outside on the technology court if fine -otherwise in the hall
  • keyboard (Lynne's students) in the library or hall
  • bass and guitar (Clayton's students) in the media room
  • Cello and Piano students (Mike Crowther) in the music room
  • followed by certificates

Thurs Nov 21st 6.30-8.30pm - Itinerant night 2

  • piano (Marnie's students) in the music room
  • sax and clarinet (Elliot) in the library
  • trumpet and trombone (Greg) in the library
  • guitar (Half of Leroy's students) in the media room
  • followed by Orchestra, Marimba, Irish and Certificates in the hall

Mon Nov 25th 6.30-8pm - Itinerant night 3

  • Violin (Julie Pettitt) in the library, flute (Janet SImon) in the library
  • Vocal (Amanda Atlas) in the music room
  • Guitar (Half of Leroy's students) 
  • Hiphop dance (Leearna) in the hall 
  • followed by certificates in the hall

Talent Quest finals will be Friday 22nd Nov. Students to see Miss Knight (room 1) for entry forms and Mrs Bell for help with backing tracks and editing them to 2 minutes.

When: November 28th 12.30-1pm
Where: Re:START Mall
Featuring: Chisnallwood Irish Band, Choir and Ukes

Friday Nov 29th 11am-12 This is during choir time, so the choir can watch and take part!
Featuring some of Amanda's vocal students
Parents welcome

The Chissy Uke group will take a day trip to Auckland to play with 3000 other uke players for the afternoon!
Sat Nov 30th in the Trusts Arena.

ChCH Schools' Music FESTIVAL
Congratulations to our 36 students who sung in our wonderful school choir at the ChCh Schools' Music Festival who performed at the CBS Arena last week. It was a stunning night of very high quality and fun music from 1,000s of young Canterbury students. The Festival runs for three nights and we have a number of students representing Chisnallwood on each night in representative groups. These students are:
Senior Choir: Olivia Costello, Rory Humm, William Murton (who also gave a spoken introduction last night) and Breana Riodan.
Orchestra: Claudia Crosland (violin), Rion Ormandy (percussion) and Liam Johnson (double bass).
Concert band: Max Bobby (trumpet)
Ukulele group: Travis Griffin, Claudia Crosland, Liam Johnson, James Kleiss, Norbert Muller and Aiyana Manson-King.

Well done to our jazz bands who played over Labour Weekend at this festival at the Pallet Pavillion, Re:START Mall and Court Theatre.
This week they will be playing for an International education conference and the NZEI Teacher Graduation.