Battle of the Bands
Term 2 was brought to a close with another outstanding Christchurch South Intermediate "Battle of the Bands" event. Seven students bands and one made ...
Senior Orchestra at Bishop Selwyn Rest Home
Earlier today, members of CSIS Senior Orchestra gave a lunchtime performance at Bishop Selwyn Rest Home. They performed four songs: Joshua Fought the ...
Last Wednesday evening, beginner and intermediate instrumentalists from CSIS performed at the first of our bi-annual Music Soirees. The audience was t...
Kahukura Music Festival 2019
The Kahukura Music Festival is an annual event that takes place over two nights at The Aurora Centre, Burnside High School. The festival features all seven schools from the Kahukura Cluster. Students and teachers work together to learn, rehearse and perform nine massed choir items alongside individual school performances. This year, CSIS was represented through the 125-strong Choir, CSIS Jazz Band, and the Girls' Hip Hop Crew. We also participated in performances by the Kahukura Junior Orchestra, Kahukura Chorale, a specially-formed horn section and Ukulele and Guitar Ensemble. This year's theme, manaakitanga (the act of showing respect and support for others) was brought out through massed choir items that ranged from upbeat numbers such as 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' through to more choral items such as 'Adiemus' by Karl Jenkins and the beautiful waiata, 'E Minaka Ana'. CSIS Choir performed 'Refuge' by Howard Goodall and a show-stopping version of 'Bicycle Race' by Freddie Mercury. The audience loved the talented unicyclists that raced across the stage. Well done Oliver Chinn and Tommaso Zamperini! Meanwhile, the Girls' Hip Hop Crew raised the roof and took the classic 'Long Train Runnin' to the next level. CSIS Jazz Band gave rousing performances of 'Louie, Louie' and 'Tequila'. Well done to Charlotte Borcoskie, Jonet MacKay, George Gibbs and Moss Turner, who all performed solos on their instruments. Many of the Jazz Band instrumentalists also formed part of the 'horn section', which accompanied two massed choir items. These students did exceptionally well, especially bearing in mind some extremely anti-social key signatures (5 sharps and, later on, 6 flats!). CSIS also contributed many soloists, including Lucy Baker, Muiz Ipsou, Lucy Hudson Vink, Nevaeh Swan, Vincent Aydon, Jade Hart-Hobman, Tiaki Loper and Kiera Phillips. What talented students we have at CSIS! The spirit of manaakitanga was felt across the entire evening, with a wonderfully supportive audience and a true sense of camaraderie shown by all staff and students of the cluster. What a stunning, professional and exciting festival; we can't wait til next year!
"Organic", by Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Last Saturday, a group of interested Christchurch South Intermediate School students had the opportunity to attend a concert by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Vincent Aydon has written a review of the evening:On Saturday the 22nd of June the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra performed a concert featuring the town hall’s unique and incredible pipe organ. The concert, “Organic”, featured mainly classical, some modern, but all orchestral music, other than the piano soloist playing a sonatina just before the half-time break.The concert was performed at the Christchurch Town Hall, which, as many people know, has recently been repaired following the chaos of the earthquake that caused serious destruction to the venue. One of the key aspects of the hall was the huge pipe organ sitting up against the back wall of the main auditorium, so it was restored, along with the rest, to its former glory.The first piece performed was named “Sounds of the Sea”. It was the orchestra using their instruments to create sounds incredibly similar to the actual sounds. If you closed your eyes, you would almost feel as if you were sitting by the sea, with the sounds of the waves, the wind, and the seagulls washing in through your ears. Unfortunately, whilst this piece was interesting and aesthetically pleasing, it lacked a followable beat (I couldn’t find it without looking at the conductors hands) and quite obviously no melody. From a musical point of view, this piece didn’t really make sense, so naturally I thought it was interesting, but rather dull.The second piece performed had a completely different approach. This classical composition featured a Steinway & Sons grand piano (which, by the way, there are only seven of in the country) and the whole orchestra playing in league. This piece was very grand, and definitely a step up from the former.The second movement of the second piece performed, Rachaninov’s Piano Concerto No.4 featured the piano as the main part, with the orchestra playing very interesting chords in the background. The piece couldn’t quite decide whether it was major or minor, making it a hard listen, but it was relaxing, and slightly jazzy, with the horn section mainly taking over towards the latter part of the piece.The third movement of the second piece contained more energy than the average solar flare at the beginning, shocking you into a state of attention. It calmed down after a while, tempo and dynamic wise, slowly putting you back to rest. Striking, really.The fourth movement of the second piece was a piano solo, evidently written from a romantic standpoint. It was emotion-employing, and a very slow, calming, beautiful piece overall.The second half of the concert was where the organ came into play, with Saint Saens Symphony No.3, “Organ”. When that first chord hit, you really knew it was the organ. It just felt like a truck hit you in the chest, it was so powerful. The rest of the concert was classical orchestral music, featuring the organ in the bass, but unfortunately no organ solo.The concert was great to listen to, I personally really enjoyed most of it. The next CSO concert, “Peter and the Wolf”, featuring music from the classic story, is being performed on the 9-11th of July, so if you want to experience the concert of a lifetime, book online through the CSO website (https://www.cso.co.nz/) or risk door sales on the day!Hope to see you there!Vincent AydonCSO Ambassador
Trip to watch the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Written by Charlotte Borcoskie: Our school was given tickets to attend a Christchurch Symphony Orchestra concert called "A Night At The Movies", which took place on Saturday 4th of May. In total, 14 families took advantage of the opportunity. CSO played some of the music from Superman, James Bond, Harry Potter, Gladiator, Star Wars and many more. The CSO is made up of expert musicians and were conducted by David Kay. It was a great experience to hear the music from some of our favourite movies performed live combined within the acoustics of the town hall. I am grateful that we got to attend this amazing concert and think I speak for everyone who attended that I thoroughly enjoyed this concert. Here’s hoping the concerts later this year will be just as good!