A large number of our students take part in the itinerant music programme at the College, taking advantage of the visiting specialist music staff who provide lessons each week on a wide range of instruments. These may be students who are learning a musical instrument for the first time, or others who are already proficient on one instrument but seek to seek to gain new skills on another. As a result, there are a number of students who play in more than one of our performance groups playing a different instrument in each. In recent years, our Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Band and Rock Bands have flourished and currently, in addition to our premier performance groups, there are 25 small ensembles guided by a number of outstanding itinerant tutors.
To ensure we have full instrumental coverage in our large orchestras and concert bands, there are a number of grants offered in the Middle School to pay for the first ten lessons on specific, less commonly played instruments such as the bassoon, cello and tuba.
Many of the College groups and ensembles play in festivals and competitions, notably the annual Auckland KBB Festival held at the Town Hall each year. Our musicians are always favourably placed amongst the top results.
In addition to the traditional competitions we also have a growing number of students who enter the Smokefree Rockquest and in recent years, there have been significant results for our Rock musicians.
The annual calendar is full of music events with opportunities for students to perform both individually or as a group at either small evening gatherings, to encourage confidence in our learners, or in significant concerts for large audiences. In recent years, the College has staged a themed musical evening where our own musicians combine with invited professionals to present a top evening of entertainment.
For our most advanced musicians, the highlight of the year is the Saint Kentigern Solo Music Competition. Through the use of subtle lighting on strategically placed plants, our performance venue is transformed to a concert chamber. A series of auditions brings 12 soloists in four categories to the stage in front of three top class judges from the music industry to compete for the coveted title of Soloist of the Year.
Whether a student learns music to become a top performer, to enjoy the camaraderie of making music as a group or simply for personal pleasure, there are many musical avenues to explore in the Saint Kentigern Music Department.
- Concert Band
- Stage Band
- Chamber Orchestra
- The Pipes and Drums
- Number 2 Pipe Band
- Musical Orchestra
- Premier Jazz Combo
- Middle School Jazz Combos
- Various Chamber Groups
- Various Rock Bands