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Manawatu Sinfonia Spring Concert


Sun 19 Nov 2017, 2:30pm–4:30pm

Where: Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $22.50 ($20.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Concession: $16.00 ($15.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Child: $5.00
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Listed by: Emma Mill

Conductor: Donald Armstrong.
Soloists: Melanie and Nathan Pinkney.

Mozart, Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart, Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra in E flat major, K. 364
Gareth Farr,Waipoua for solo clarinet and strings
Beethoven, Symphony no 1

Fifteen-year-old Melanie Pinkney began violin at the age of four and is currently under the tutelage of Donald Armstrong. She participated in the Akaroa Music Festival in 2014 and 2015, won the instrumental YPS Musica Viva Scholarship (2014), competed in the National Finals of the CMNZ chamber music competition (2016), and also recently gained her LTCL performance diploma with distinction. On piano, she achieved high distinction in Grade 7 NZMEB in 2015 and is preparing to sit her ATCL in October 2017. Balancing her musical interests, she enjoys swimming & squash, and an enduring love of horses.

Nathan Pinkney began learning violin at age 8 in Ashhurst his hometown. Through his developing years, he was a proud member of the Manawatu Youth Orchestra and later the Manawatu Sinfonia. He has since played in various orchestras including the NZSO, NYO, Hawke's Bay Orchestra, and Wellington Youth Orchestra. Significant achievements include reaching the national finals of the NZCT Chamber Music competition as well as the semi-finals of the PACANZ Instrumental solo competition. He is currently pursuing violin at the University of Auckland with Stephen Larsen. His former teachers include Vincent Aspey Jr, Kim Jin, and Donald Armstrong. In his free time, he enjoys playing with Trio Bella as well as playing squash and experiencing as much of the New Zealand outdoors as possible. Learning viola in later years, he has found the opportunities in chamber music and more recently, playing with his sister Melanie to be his musical highlights.

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