Music defies the alert levels
The already Covid-19 affected 69th Te Awamutu Performing Arts Festival 2021 held at the beginning of the month suffered a further setback with the announcement of Hamilton going into level 3. Acoustic Instrument, Vocal, Speech and Drama and the Highland Dance Sections were fortunate to be able to proceed this year after a cancelled event last year. However, with the announcement of Hamilton going into level 3, it was disappointing that Pianoforte and Dance were cancelled entirely before the completion of the festival. Organisers say it has been a testing term for both teachers and participants, however performers came out shining and did themselves proud. They thank all sponsors, volunteers, teachers and accompanists for supporting this year's Performing Arts Festival, saying it is because of this support and community spirit that they can provide a performance opportunity for students of all ages, at different levels of learning, and encourage them in their musical journey. Acoustic Instrument results: Woodwind: Te Awamutu Travel Cup, Highest Mark: Catrin Wotton (Hamilton); Yarndley Award, Adjudicator's Discretion: Ashleigh Smith (Te Awamutu); Yarndley Tuition Grant, Adjudicator's Discretion; Kevin Zhang (Ham); Soundz of Music Trophy, Under two yrs Learning: Eva Fleming (TA); Stanbridge Cup, Group Tuition: Ella Thackray (TA); Stanbridge Cup, Recital: Laurinda Lan (Ham). Brass: Lambert Trophy, Highest Mark: Pire Poi Wilson (Matamata); Yarndley Award, Adjudicator's Discretion: Pire Poi Wilson; Yarndley Tuition Grant, Adjudicator's Discretion: Troy Jeffcoat (TA); WAM Trophy, Under two years Learning: Meah Nelis (Mat); Jacob Cullen Memorial Recital Cup: Pire Poi Wilson. Duets/Trios: WYMA Trophy: TenoFaith Terry, Maaia-Te Oho HolmanWharehoka (Ham); Sue German Cup, Group Tuition: Sophie Yarndley, Ella Thackray (TA); Saywell Contracting Award, Adjudicator's Discretion: Teno-Faith Terry, Maaia-Te Oho Holman-Wharehoka. Acoustic Guitar: Angus Guitars Trophy: Enzo Monti (Ham). Classical Guitar: Katya Skandera Trophy: Dylan Connolly (Ham); Ngaire Phillips Award, Adjudicator's Discretion: Lucas Freaney (Ham). Percussion: Telfar Drumline Challenge Trophy: Matamata Intermediate Drumline, 1; Cambridge Middle School Drumline, 2; Te Awamutu Intermediate Drumline, 3; Russell Trophy and Award, Highest Mark: Adam Parker (Mat); Telfar Award, Adjudicator's Discretion: Mason Johnstone (Cambridge); Telfar Drum Set Trophies: Under 11 yrs: Caitlyn Pratt (Mat); 12 yrs and under Restricted: Wyatt Empson (TA); 13yrs and under: Mason Johnstone (Cb); 14yrs: Lachlan Curran (Mat); 15-18yrs: Adam Parker (Mat); Open: Ben Wiles (Cb); Overall Awards: Dunlop Trophy and Tuition Grant, Adjudicator's Discretion, 14 yrs and Over: Laurinda Lan (Ham); Nancy Natzke Trophy, Adjudicator's Discretion, 13 yrs and Under: Kevin Zhang.