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2015 Cultural News

Altissime at Cathedral
Our Altissime singers have finished off a hugely successful year by recording sacred songs and carols at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, for the last ever screening of 'Praise Be' which aired on television on Sunday 15 November.

Earlier this year they were selected to perform at the national Big Sing finale where they won a silver award. We are extremely proud of them and their achievements this year, congratulations girls.

Junior Cultural Awards Assembly

We acknowledged the many diverse cultural achievements of our Year 7-10 students at a special assembly on Monday 9 November. The top award, the Junior Cultural Cup (donated by John Dalgety and Ursula Evans) for a student who has shown considerable involvement in a range of cultural activities, was awarded to Annabelle Jessop. Annabelle also received Junior Colours along with Lara Flannery, Anabel Jamieson, Thomasin McKenzie, Jemma Chester and Anabel Jamieson at the Cultural Awards evening last term. Awards were kindly presented by Dame Kate Harcourt DNZM, Jenny Williams and Ursula Evans. We were entertained by peformances from the Year 7-9 choir, The Larks, as well as the Year 7 band. Winner of the Nell Clere Music Scholarship, Jessica Kenyon played the ‘cello, and runner up Anabel Jamieson sang. Thomasin McKenzie (grand-daughter of Dame Harcourt) gave a very good speech, not surprisingly as she has had acting experience in NZ's favourite television soap, Shortland Street. Congratulations to all award recipients. Full list of winners. (09/11/2015)

Cultural Awards


Warmest congratulations to all award winners celebrated at our Cultural Awards evening on Thursday 24 September. Full list 





Silver for Altissime
We are delighted to announce our choir Altissime won a silver medal at The Big Sing Finale this week. All the hard work and dedication paid off for these amazing singers. We applaud them! (17/08/2015)


National Orchestra calling

Tessa Dalgety-Evans has been selected to join the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and we are thrilled for her. This follows an intense week for Tessa as part of the NZ Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra in Christchurch over the holidays. Under Australian conductor, Benjamin Northey, 105 students from around the country put on a special concert for Christchurch, playing three major orchestral works, including the famous Elgar cello concerto which was just perfect for Tessa. What a bright musical future ahead of her! (24/04/2015)

High School Musical a Huge Hit!
With catchy tunes and a humorous script, Marsden's production of Disney High School Musical has been a stupendous success playing to sellout audiences during the last week of term 2. The show features a cast of 50 Samuel Marsden students and seven students from Scots, St Patrick's and Wellington colleges. A student-led team organised the costumes, sound, lighting, front of house, hair and make-up. We are so proud of the cast and crew who worked so hard for months to pull this production together under the brilliant direction of Dianne Smith, Sarah Wilson and musical director, Kate Marshall. Huge congratulations to everyone involved, you are all stars!

Shwetha impresses at Shakespeare competition


Congratulations to Shwetha Wevita who was awarded the trophy for the most promising actor at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition organised by Otago university last week. Shwetha will be attending a workshop by the university and will have the opportunity to attend Shakespeare Globe in London next year. (09/06/2015)

Marsden Choirs scoop prizes at Big Sing

Our choirs hit the high notes at the Big Sing last week. Ad Summa won an adjudicators choice certificate for Gabrielle Palado's arrangement of 'A Tribute to Lorde' then Altissime won something for every piece they performed! Certificates for Best Performance of a Maori item and Best Performance of a world music item, and the Shona Murray Cup for Best Performance of a classical piece. Bravo! (09/06/2015)

Here is a video clip of Altissime at school before heading off to the Big Sing.


Musical Accolades for Bria Renai
Congratulations to Bria Renai who is one of only 60 students in NZ to be selected for the prestigious NZ Secondary School Choir and the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta (flute section). This is a major achievement for Bria to be part of a very select group of musicians and singers. Bria is currently a member of several Marsden choirs, as well as playing in the Flute Ensemble and Marsden Orchestra. She received a sound appreciation of choral singing as part of the Wellington Cathedral Choir (2009-14) becoming Head Chorister in 2013/14. We wish Bria all the best with her music in the busy years ahead. (30/03/2015)


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