2012 festival registration now open

Hi everyone.

I hope that term two has started well for everyone, 2012 looks set to be a rewarding year.
On behalf of the Auckland Secondary Schools Music Festival Trust and our principal sponsor KBB Music Ltd, I welcome you all to register for this year’s KBB Music Festival.

The 2012 KBB Music Festival will be held from the 21st to the 25th of August at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. Adjudicated sessions will take place from Tuesday to Friday, beginning with Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Orchestras then concluding with Concert Bands and Jazz Bands.

The Fringe Festival workshop sessions will take place on the morning of Saturday the 25th of August, and will be followed later that afternoon by the two Gala Concerts at 2:30 and 6:30pm.

The festival committee is pleased to announce that this year all participating groups will receive a free professional photograph of their ensemble. These will be available for collection along with adjudicator feedback summaries at the Gala Concerts. Schools, students and parents will be given the option to order additional copies of these photographs during the festival sessions.

Registrations for the festival are now open – register here. Applications will close on the 1st of July – no late entries can be accepted. All payments must be received by the festival organisers before August 1st.

I would like to stress the importance of carefully reading the 2012 festival rules. The rules document is not very long, but it contains information that affects all participants. Some of the rules have been updated for 2012.

Finally, please try fill in the online application form as accurately as possible, especially with regard to contact details and billing information.

I hope this is enough to get you all started. I look forward to receiving your applications as they come with the promise of an exciting festival this August.

Yours sincerely,
Warwick Robinson
Administrator KBB Music Festival
Administrator ASSMFT

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