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Tairawhiti Museum Concerts 2021

Featuring Musicians from
The New Zealand School of Music

9th May 2021

Ashani Waidyatillake

Ashani Waidyatillake .(solo piano) 16 years old piano virtuoso and past first prize winner in the National Junior Piano Competition Ashani Waidyatillake will perform a dazzling selection of classical masterpieces: Beethoven: Waldstein Sonata) Mozart: Sonata in A Minor K.310  Chopin: Ballade No. 4 and Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue.


13th June 2021

Ben Van Leuven (clarinet) with Otis Prescott Mason (piano)

Award winning musicians Clarinetist Ben van Leuven and Pianist Otis Prescott Mason will present a broad and captivating programme ranging from the romantic music of Brahms to the modern jazz inspired tunes of Gershwin.

Both Ben and Otis are current students at the New Zealand School of Music, and perform  regularly in many different ensembles around wellington.


11th July 2021

Chris Everest and Bruno Guedea (classical guitar)

Guitarists Bruno Guedea (Mexico/NZ) and Christopher Everest (England/NZ) will present a programme that explores their individual heritage and shared NZ identity. Both finalists of the 2020 Biennial New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition the two have come together under the guidance of Dr Jane Curry (Head of Classical Guitar at NZSM) to perform a collection of folk inspired arrangements and modern compositions from Mexico, England and New Zealand.


8th August 2021

Vili Moore (tenor) with Otis Prescott-Mason (piano)

Vili is a big young man with an even bigger voice who has been making waves in the Hawkes Bay musical scene since he was a teen. Drawing on his Pacifika musical heritage and the nurturing and training he received with the Prima Volta  program in Napier, Vili is now studying voice with Margaret Medlyn in the school of music, and will present a program of favorite arts songs and operatic selections accompanied by prize-wiinning pianist Otis Prescott-Mason.


12th September 2021

Nicholas Baucke-Maunsell (saxophone) and Gus Reece (guitar)

Jazz musicians Nicholas Baucke-Maunsell and Jamie Pye will perform an exciting program exploring Modern and Classic/Standard jazz compositions, demonstrating the tradition and its roots, and exploring where they both see this music’s future in the modern compositions. Nicholas and Jamie have recently completed their bachelor of music in Jazz Performance at the New Zealand School of music, and they are continuing this year with an honours degree.