Music Competitions


Auckland Jazz Competition 

Our jazz ensembles enjoyed the relaxed vibe of the Pt Chevalier RSA across three weekends for the highly competitive heats and finals of the Auckland Jazz Competition. The results are as follows:

Big Band – Most Outstanding Big Band Award

Big Band – Platinum Award, selected in Top 4 groups for Jazz Band Finals

Jazz Orchestra – Gold Award

Junior Jazz Orchestra – Silver Award

North Sea Combo – Gold Award

Montreux Combo – Gold Award

Stockholm Combo – Gold Award

Copenhagen Combo – Silver Award

Java Combo – Silver Award

Newport Combo – Silver Award

Leverkusen Combo – Silver Award

Manawatu Combo – Bronze Award


KBB Music Festival

A total of nine Rangitoto instrumental ensembles took part in the KBB Music Festival this year—our largest contingent yet—with 12 students selected for the Honours Programme Orchestra and Jazz Band. The results are as follows:

Big Band – Gold Award, and Best Performance of a Swing Chart

Symphony Orchestra – Silver Award

Chamber Orchestra – Silver Award

Jazz Orchestra – Silver Award

Junior Jazz Orchestra – Silver Award

Sinfonia Orchestra – Bronze Award 

Concert Band – Bronze Award

Wind Orchestra – Bronze Award

Year 9 Symphonic Band & Chamber Core Music classes – non-competitive


KBB Honours Orchestra

Kimi Chemlev

Elinor Coghlan

Rory Fenwick-Rose

Devon Fenwick-Rose

Samantha Goad

Callum Keer-Keer

Lianne Kim

Allen Li

Angela Ludajic

Daiki Suzuki

Anthony Wang

William Wei


KBB Honours Jazz Band

Frazer Timmis

Big Sing Choral Festival

Four Rangitoto College choirs took part in the Auckland Regional Big Sing on 22 June, with The Fundamentals, Serenata, and The Minuettes gaining Highly Commended awards. Serenata was then selected as one of 12 choirs to take part in the Upper North Island Big Sing Cadenza in August—bringing home a Korimako (Silver) Award and some wonderful memories.


Music Events


Concertos & Cookies

Almost 200 students performed in a packed auditorium at our annual Concertos & Cookies concert on Sunday 25 June. The audience eagerly devoured melt-in-the-mouth cookies (professionally baked, packaged, and labelled by the unbeatable team from Food Technology) and sipped on cups of tea, while enjoying a spectacular smorgasbord of music from our Concert Band, Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra, and two Chamber Trios. We were delighted to welcome a strong contingent of supporters from Knightsbridge Village, as well as families, friends, and teachers. 


A Choral Confection

Our final showcase in the Music Department calendar, A Choral Confection, is always a delightful way to round off our concert series, and this year was no exception. Our audience was issued with confectionery on arrival before being treated to melt-in-the-mouth programmes from our four choral ensembles, interspersed with sweet vocal solos and duos. A highlight of the evening was having a student from each choir conduct their ensemble for one programme item. It seems there are some future choral directors in our midst. 


A small selection of photos is included in this publication. To see more photos from events and competitions, please visit the photo albums on our fabulous Facebook page Performing Arts at Rangitoto College. To see videos from many of our events, please visit our YouTube Channel Rangitoto College Music.