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Thanks go to the festival sub-committee and our Digital Content Lead for their exceptional work so far. Ngā mihi whānau for your dedication!

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The New Zealand Concert Bands Association is excited to be offering NZCBA Festival 2021 –  Napier!

We are thrilled that hosts Napier Technical Memorial Band and Michelle Dunstall are on board for 2021 after last year’s cancellation, the first cancellation of Festival since 1988.

Performance opportunities include Band, Solo, and Small Ensemble Performances. We are also in the midst of organising a number of educational sessions during the course of Festival.

The full schedule can be found here.
Rules and Guidelines for Festival 2021 can be found here.

Band performances

This years Festival and Band Performances are centred around the Napier Municipal Theatre. Bands are invited to present a 20-minute programme in a 30-minute time slot. Take this opportunity to provide an exhilarating programme!

The Schedule of Bands can be found here.

Each band that performs at Festival will receive a certificate in either Gold, Silver, or Bronze, as determined by the adjudicators. One band from each group will also receive an Adjudicators Commendation Award. This decision is made at the adjudication panels’ discretion.

The Style Awards available to Bands at Festival 2021 are;

Excellent Performance of an Original Concert Band Work
Excellent Performance of a Work Arranged for Concert Band
Excellent Performance of an Entertaining Work
Most Engaging Soloist – Band Performance

The Major Awards available to Bands at Festival 2021 are;

The Robert Lutt Trophy
for Best Performance of a Piece by a Band.
The Robert Lutt Annual Concert Band Award
for Outstanding Festival Band.
Royal New Zealand Navy Band Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Band.
The David Chaulk Memorial Award
for Best Performance of a New Zealand Work.

Spirit of Festival Award
for a band that has been in existence for two years or less as a concert band and/or Performs a programme consisting only of music at or below Grade Two Wind Ensemble and demonstrates excellent on-stage etiquette, follows their musical director, has excellent posture and playing positions, and are well prepared.

Small Ensembles

This years Small Ensemble Performances are being held at St Pauls Presbyterian Church. Small Ensembles are invited to perform within a 10-minute time slot. 

Small Ensembles at Festival are groups of no more than 10 musicians. Use this as the place to develop your musicianship and confidence!

Each performance done by a Small Ensemble will be awarded a certificate in either Gold, Silver, or Bronze.

The Major Awards available to Small Ensembles at Festival 2021 is;

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band Adjudicators Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Small Ensemble
Bernard Watson Ensemble Award
for a Small Ensemble that does not win the RNAFB Adjudicators Award that was a joy for the adjudication panel to hear.

 

Solos

This years Solo Performances are being held at St Pauls Presbyterian Church. Soloists are invited to perform within a 10-minute time slot. Soloists are also invited to perform in one of three categories; School, Tertiary, Open.

Soloists may elect to perform with or without an accompanist. A piano will be provided, but soloists are responsible for bringing their own accompanists. Use this as an opportunity to extend your playing just beyond where you thought you were comfortable.

Each performance done by a Small Ensemble will be awarded a certificate in either Gold, Silver, or Bronze. In addition to this there will be three awards for Best Performance, one in each category.

The Major Awards available to Soloists at Festival 2021 is;

The R&J Massey Adjudicators Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Soloist
The Chris Johnson Solo Award
for a Soloist in the Open category who has not won an award prior that was a joy for the adjudication panel to hear.

 

OUR ADJUDICATION PANEL

The Festival sub-committee is hard at work and are close to finalising the adjudication panel for this years festival. Watch this space!

Instrumental workshops and other activities

The Festival sub-committee is hard at work putting together this years individual development opportunities. Watch this space!