AGM for Auckland Secondary Schools Music Festival Trust

The Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Secondary Schools Music Festival Trust will be held on Friday 30 September, 2011 in room B118 at the Faculty of Education Epsom Campus of the University of Auckland. Gate 3, 74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland.

The meeting will commence at 3.30pm following the 2.00pm meeting of the KBB Music Festival Committee.

Important announcement regarding the change of venue due to the state funeral for Sir Paul Reeves

The KBB Music Festival Committee wishes to acknowledge the passing of Sir Paul Reeves, former Archbishop and Governor General of New Zealand.

Sir Paul’s funeral will take place at 11:00am on Thursday 18 August in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell.

The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs, while sympathetic to the effect that this event will have on the Festival, has exercised their right to requisition the Holy Trinity Cathedral for the entire day of Sir Paul’s State Funeral and the day preceding (Wednesday 17th of August).

While it is the intention of the committee to contact each school by phone, in the meantime, please contact your bus company and change your destination to the following venues:

  • Concert Bands Westlake Boys’ High School Auditorium 30 Forrest Hill Road, Takapuna
  • Stage Bands Westlake Girls’ High School Hall 2 Wairau Road, Takapuna

The Committee wishes to thank the Management and Music Departments at both of these schools for facilitating this change.

The sessions will occur at the same time as the original schedule so, in some cases, significant changes will have to be made to your plans.

There will be free buses running in the interval between sessions 1 and 2, for groups to transfer between venues, should they need to do so. Please check the school you need to be picked up from and notify your bus company.

The Committee is aware that this change is a significant one, especially for schools who are South and East of the City and thank schools for making changes to their travel plans. It is hoped that the Festival Committee will be able to make a small contribution to any added cost, with financial support from the Department of Internal Affairs.

A representative from the KBB Festival Committee will be in direct contact with Musical Directors of the affected groups as soon as possible to answer any concerns you may have.

Rules for the Festival in these venues will stay the same as for those in the Holy Trinity Cathedral and St Mary’s. Stage Bands will remain in the venue for the duration of their session and will warm up on-stage to create the same experience for groups in both venues.

Please be assured that every effort is being made to maintain the high standard of the 2011 KBB Music Festival experience.

Thank you for your understanding in light of the solemn events on this day of national significance.

Download the PDF of this announcement here.

Warmest regards,
Trevor Thwaites

Entries are filling fast

The response to the 2011 KBB Music Festival has been outstanding and most of the available timeslots are full and the entries do not close until the end of the week.

If you have not entered, please do so as soon as possible. It is our desire and intention that all groups who wish to perform in the Festival can do so, however preference for entry will, should the schedule become saturated, be based on the order that entries are received.

Entries are open

Thank you for your patience in awaiting the opening of entries for the 2011 festival. These are now live, and you can enter your groups here.

Please note that entries close on the 8th of July. It is also extremely important that you read the rules thoroughly to avoid any disappointment or unpleasant surprises.

The fringe section of the festival will be run a little differently this year. In previous years the Fringe Festival has occurred on the final day of the festival. In 2011, it will be incorporated in the main festival schedule in order to benefit from the larger audiences and opportunities to watch experienced groups in their category. Directors should enter their Fringe groups in the same way as any other ensemble but must select the Festival Box box under “entry level”. Please be aware that competitive ensembles will be given first priority for performance slots. Second priority will be given to schools who are only entering non-competitive groups.

The stage plans are still being ammended to reflect the new performance space. I will let you all know via email when these are ready. Please fill them in for your groups and bring them with the copies of your scores to the festival. You do not need to post them in advance.

Kind regards, Sally-Ann Russell