Festival 2018 – Wellington – Information with regular updates

Hosted by Wellington Symphonic Bands, NZCBA Festival 2018 Wellington will be August 17 – 19, 2018.

Bands will be performing from Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. Prize Giving will be 12:00pm Sunday.

Two concerts by Royal New Zealand Air Force Band Saturday at Lunchtime. All bands welcome!

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We are delighted to be hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.


Venue - Victoria University of Wellington

The NZCBA Festival will take place at Victoria University of Wellington: Student Union complex. Band performances are in the Memorial Theatre.  Some activities will be at New Zealand School of Music, walking distance.  This facility is at Kelburn Campus, corner of Salamanca Rd and Kelburn Parade.



Paula Crider – Adjudicator of Bands

Paula Crider has an impressive teaching pedigree.  She was the first female in Texas to serve as director of bands at a class 5-A high school; she works with the National Band Association Young Conductor/Mentor Program, Conn-Selmer, and the Midwest Clinic Board; she is a Past President of the National Band Association and American Bandmasters Association. In addition, she is Professor Emerita at The University of Texas, where she was twice awarded for distinguished teaching.

We are very honoured to have her joining us in Wellington.  Read more

David Gallaher – Adjudicator of Bands

David’s musical journey began in the lower half of the South Island. Apart from a brief period in the UK, the majority of his teaching and conducting has been in Christchurch. During this period David directed the Christchurch Youth Symphonic Band and developed Band Programmes in several Christchurch secondary schools. Also in this period David conducted the Woolston Brass Band. The Band enjoyed a period of success not only in contesting but also in undertaking several successful overseas tours and in the production of several recordings. David was instrumental in fostering the commissions of New Zealand works for Band, not only for the Woolston Band but also for the National Band of New Zealand which he directed from 2003-2005. In 2010 David was awarded the MNZM for Services to New Zealand Music. After spending the last seven years leading the music department at St Joseph’s College in Geelong, David is delighted to return to New Zealand as the seventh Director of Music for the RNZAF Band in Wellington. He remains as committed as he has ever been to the importance of music and music programmes to the lives of all our peoples.



Moira Hurst – Adjudicator of Solos

Moira Hurst completed a Bachelor of Honours in Clarinet performance from Victoria University, an Artists post graduate diploma in Hong Kong and a Masters of Clarinet with a minor in saxophone from Peabody Institute, John Hopkins University.
She is currently a member of Orchestra Wellington, the RNZAF Band and subs for the NZSO. Moira has played for many orchestras overseas including Hong Kong Sinfonia, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Orchestra. She has played with all the professional orchestras in NZ and is currently teaching clarinet at Victoria University, privately and in schools.

David Chaulk – Adjudicator of Ensembles

David Chaulk’s first music education came in The Salvation Army in Canada. Following university study in the US, David had a successful career as a freelance player, conductor and composer performing with and conducting many of the best ensembles in North America and establishing a reputation as one of the continent’s leading band composers. In the early 90s he was Lecturer in Low Brass at the University of Toronto.

In 1994, David moved to New Zealand. Since then, he has held positions in or freelanced with all of New Zealand’s professional orchestras and many of the country’s leading bands.  He has won multiple national solo championships  – including two Champion of Champions titles – and has conducted Wellington Brass and Hutt City Brass to national wins. Additionally, David was an Artist Teacher at the New Zealand School of Music.

After an extended break, David has re-established himself as a leading band composer. In 2016, he was a prizewinner in a major European composer competition, in 2017, his work Terra Nova was selected as a set work in the Swiss National Brass Band Championships and in 2018, David has been a finalist in a British competition in addition to winning the SOUNZ Brass Composition Prize.

David has released two critically acclaimed solo recordings on euphonium and trombone – 1985’s Variants (with Stephen Bulla on piano) and 2009’s Dancing With Torunn.

David Chaulk is Founder and Managing Director of the band publishing company Experianza Music.

Percussion and Gear Supplied

Percussion and Gear Supplied

· 4 x Pedal Timpani

· Concert Bass drum

· Snare drum

· Crash cymbals

· Suspended cymbal

· Tubular bells

· Vibraphone

· Xylophone

· Glockenspiel

· Marimba

· Drum kit

· Bass Amp

· Upright Piano – only able to be located stage right

· Chairs and Music Stands

NOT SUPPLIED: leads, sticks, mallets, small percussion gear (triangle, tambourine, guiro etc)

RNZ Air Force Band - Saturday Lunchtime Concerts

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band will be supporting the Festival by lending us their percussion gear, and performing two brilliant concerts at lunchtime, 12:20 and 1:10pm, on Saturday. The two concerts will allow twice as many people to attend.  The hall holds about 350. We ask that participants attend one or other, but not both.

Programme 1
Scherzo for Band Rossini
Canterbury Chorale Van Der Roost
Year of The Dragon Sparke
Spain Corea
Programme 2
Scherzo for Band Rossini
Canterbury Chorale
Holst Suite in F
Through Bolts and Bars Urbach

Workshops - Band, Instrumental, Conductors

BAND WORKSHOPS:  We are offering the opportunity for bands to have a half hour workshop. This can be before or after your Festival performance, and the repertoire you play is up to the band to decide.  Education for players and conductors is at the heart of this initiative, and is based on models used in festivals around the world.

INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOPS: Our popular instrumental workshops will be happening again in 2018, run by some of New Zealand’s most outstanding instrumentalists.

CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP: Dr Cynthia Houston, a colleague of adjudicator Paula Crider, has offered to run workshops for conductors!

Competition Category

Competition Category Set Piece

(Bands eligible for this category have earned Gold at least once in the past three Festivals.)

“EXULTATION” by Philip Sparke

Duration 3.06 minutes
Price US$98.00
Catalogue No:10335805
Grade 4ish

Philip Sparke describes the piece thus:

Exultation was commissioned by the Japanese concert band, Musee d’Art Harmonie to celebrate their 10th Anniversary in 2009. The first performance was given on June 6th in their anniversary year.

The piece is a short and energetic concert opener which is almost palindromic in form and begins in fanfare style, juxtaposing 3/4 and 6/8 rhythms in almost Latin style. This introduces the main theme on euphonium, horns and saxophones which has a ‘blues’ tinge and is underpinned by alternating 3/4 and 6/8 rhythms. After a short bridge passage, a second theme appears which is short and spiky and played by the bass instruments of the band. This is taken up by the whole ensemble and leads to a central more lyrical theme, appearing first on trumpet and then on woodwinds. The staccato second theme reappears which leads back to the ‘blues’ melody which reintroduces the opening fanfare to bring the work to a close.