2010 New Zealand Championships and Festival
Sunday 6th June
Daily Report, Results and Photographs.
NZAA Treasurer Amber Masefield, Competitions Secretary Annemarie Panzic, Committee member Jenna Murray responsible for adjudicators and Stephanie Panzic, all helping get the event started.
Competitions Secretary Annemarie Panzic and daughter Kristina Panzic at the draw room table awaiting the arrival of competitors.
NZAA Committee member Megan Jennings and NZAA Secretary Heather Masefield helping get the event started.
Antoinette Rodahl ready and waiting for the competitions to begin.
Sonja Palinich and Silvio de Pra at the judges table.
Amelia Granturco and Marcel Reithmann also at the judges table.
Stephanie Poole, former New Zealand Accordion Champion and teacher of several of the New Zealand 2009 Coupe Mondiale contestants.
Stephanie Poole and NZAA Committee member Campbell Bettridge having a chat. Stephanie was the Lead Accordionist for the New Zealand Accordion Orchestra and Campbell, also a former NZ Champion, had distinguished himself internationally with a 3rd place in the 2002 Coupe Mondiale Piano Accordion category.
Alexandra Reekie, Skylah Jeffries and Angela Chen.
Andrew Glover singing and playing O! du mein holder Abendstern (Wagner) which was appreciated by the audience.
Eddie Giffney just before competing in the top category South Pacific Solo Accordion Championship.
Helen Wang, winner of the South Pacific 12 years & under Accordion Championships.
Grace Li getting ready to perform.
Bor-Kuan Song getting ready to compete in the top category South Pacific Solo Accordion Championships.
Judges Sheila Haigh, Shirley Yelavich and Silvio de Pra.
Christine Adams getting ready to conduct the North Shore Music Makers who played a programme of 3 pieces.
1. Angel Voices by A. S. Sullivan
2. Puff the Magic Dragon Lipton & Yarrow
3. Summer Rock 'n Roll Amy Jennings
North Shore Music
Makers conducted by Christine Adams.
Players: Angela Chen, Alexandra Reekie, Corey Jeffries, Skylah Jeffries, Alanah Jones, Callum Iddon, Stephanie Rooke, Jack Skelton, Rebecca Wright
North Shore Music Makers.
Helen Wang being presented 1st prize.
Mathilde Auroux being presented 1st prize.
Grace Li presented 1st for winning the accordion and composition category, 13 to 15 years.
Andrew Glover won the open accordion solo with self vocal.
Eddie Giffney being presented the New Zealand Solo Accordion Championship cup for 2010. He also won the top South Pacific Accordion Solo Championship category and his trophy will be presented this evening at the Farewell dinner.
The North Shore Music Makers on stage to receive the awarded 1st prize for the NZ Intermediate Accordion Orchestra Championship.
featuring guest artists and competition prize-winners
The concert began with the New Zealand Accordion Orchestra. About 35 players were participating in this orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne.
Conductor Gary Daverne preparing to go on stage.
The New Zealand Accordion Orchestra on stage with Gary. First work was Auckland March that was commissioned by the NZAA for the 2009 Coupe Mondiale. The orchestra with Stephanie Poole as First Accordion, put on a very popular performance.
Second work performed was themes from the movie Pirates of the Carribean arranged by Gary Daverne.
Third work was a medley of Abba tunes symphonically arranged by Gary Daverne. The audience joined in singing the melodies and clapping. Gary Daverne was warmly thanked by NZAA President John Statham for all that he does for the accordion and also for conducting the New Zealand Accordion Orchestra so superbly.
Helen Wang, winner of the South Pacific Accordion Solo Championship category for 12 years & under played Kleines Intermezza for the concert.
Patrick Lui, 15 years and under South Pacific Accordion Champion.
Andrew Glover was invited to sing.
South Pacific Open Piano Accordion Champion winner Campbell Thwaites performed Sonata No. 2 by Probilov.
Eddie Giffney performed Koriana composed by Gary Daverne for the 2009 Coupe Mondiale and then performed Route Express by Andre Astier.
Kevin Friedrich, Immediate Past President of the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) IMC - UNESCO then took the stage to thank the NZAA Committee and others for all their efforts in hosting a outstandingly successful 2009 Coupe Mondiale in Takapuna, North Shore City.
Kevin Friedrich - Immediate Past President
Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
(Thank You Speech to the New Zealand Coupe Mondiale Organizers)
NZAA President John Statham, fellow officers and members of the NZAA, Ladies and Gentlemen Good Afternoon.
Held for the second time on New Zealand, during this weeklong International extravaganza, New Zealand welcomed the elite of the accordion world to its shores, hosting International Delegates representing their national organizations, some of the finest young accordionists in the world competing in seven categories of International competitions, distinguished members of the International jury panel and acclaimed artists who have appeared in concert.
Making a commitment to stage a festival that would hold its own against any other International event, the NZAA ensured that our International delegation comprising Delegates and contestants from around the globe as well as their own membership and guests were provided with the highest calibre organization
No detail was left unturned. From the finest of concert halls in Auckland, to the stunning festival program book, to the magnificent music prelude and postludes held in the foyer, to the school children's concert, to the VIP and Social Functions, to the TV and Press Coverage, to the outstanding concerts, this event has gone down in CIA history, as did the 1980 event, as one to judge other festival by.
Firstly thanks to Harley Jones for his vision in coordinating the 2009 Coupe Mondiale to be held in New Zealand in the first place, and being a liason between the NZAA and CIA and on the home front. A big that you to Heather Masefield for her coordination of the Coupe Mondiale activities. Thank you to Alison Worthington and Carol Yan for their tireless efforts on behalf of the 2009 Coupe Mondiale.
Many people played such important roles, such as Sjona Palinic for her media relations, Lionel Reekie for coordinating all the performances and the popular School Children's Concerts, Christine Adams for her work coordinating the World Accordion Orchestra, Marcel Reithman for his leadership in the Coupe Mondale development team assisted by Heather Masefield, Pamela Yan for lending her expertise in the graphics and design area, Danielle Beston for her efforts with Fundraising and Sponsorship and Anne Marie Panzic for her work coordinating all the visas and travel arrangements for our International guests.
My sincerest thanks to Gary Daverne for his generous support of the festival by bringing his renowned Auckland Symphony Orchestra while featuring the diverse array of soloists, including Stephanie Poole and Tracy Collins from New Zealand, the premiering of his newly commissioned work the Auckland March, and releasing his new work Koriana which received the award for the best new Original Work, and for lending his talents in directing the World Accordion Orchestra III.
We thank those that assisted the CIA such as Heather Masefiled, Stephanie Poole and Stephen Vincent for their work as International adjudicators, Maurice Jones and Tony Davies Jones for their behind the scenes work coordinating much of the travel, instruments and technical details.
Such a team requires the inspiration and leadership of a person that not only believes in the cause, but is willing to ensure the commitments are met. I offer my heartfelt thanks to the NZAA President and 2009 CIA Honorary Vice President John Statham for his vision in supporting the dream of hosting the 2009 Coupe Mondiale in New Zealand.
My congratulations to John and the NZAA for this spectacular staging of the Coupe Mondiale 2009. Thank you Team New Zealand comprising John Statham, Heather Masefield, Harley Jones, Carol Yan, Amber Masefield, Annemarie Panzic, Jenna Murray, Alison Worthington, Danielle Beston, Sonja Palinich, Campbell Bettridge, Christine Adams, Lionel Reekie, Marcel Reithmann and Pamela Yan for a job well done!
Thank you for your great contribution to the accordion world. Our International attendees have come away with a great appreciation of the outstanding work that the New Zealand Accordion Association undertakes. On behalf of the CIA, as you near the milestone of the NZAA 40th Anniversary we wish you much success in your future endeavours.
NZAA President John Statham thanked Kevin Friedrich very much for coming all the way from New York to honor the New Zealand constestants and the NZAA committee and all those involved in organising the 2009 Coupe Mondiale. This major journey to say thank you was greatly appreciated by the contestants, their teachers, and all those who helped organise the 2009 Coupe Mondiale. John referred to the very long history of Kevin with the NZAA and assisting accordionists from New Zealand and made the statement, that whenever help was needed, the NZAA and all NZ accordionists could rely on Kevin Friedrich to be there 100% for them.
There was large applause from the audience for Kevin Friedrich who is enormously admired by the NZ's accordionists.
Mathilde Auroux performed Under Paris Skyes.
He Qian - Guest Artist for the 2010 South Pacific Accordion Championships was next to perform. He Qian was born on 17 May 1985. She began to learn the accordion aged 4 years and is now pursuing a Masters degree at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. She was the winner of the International Competition for Piano Accordion at the 2009 Coupe Mondiale held in Auckland New Zealand.
Her accordion was damaged on the way to New Zealand so she had to borrow an accordion. Her performance was amazing and greatly appreciated by the audience with a long ovation.
To conclude the concert, the NSAO was performing. The North Shore Accordion Orchestra (NSAO) members are largely from Auckland's North Shore and meet once a week to practice under the baton of conductor Lionel Reekie. In past years they have toured to Sydney to play as guests of the AATA, and to Brisbane as guests of the Queensland Accordion Club.
In August 2007 they travelled to USA as guest artists of the American Accordion Association (AAA) and the Accordionists & Teachers Guild (ATG) where they performed four concerts: three in Washington during the Coupe Mondiale and one at the Febbraio School of Music in New York.
In August 2009, NSAO received a standing ovation for their performance in the Friday evening concert at the Coupe Mondiale encouraging them to produce a CD which was released in December last year.
The current members are: Shane Adams, Jessica Chen, Edward Giffney, Renee Jeffries, Amber Masefield, Jenna Murray, Kristina Panzic, Stephanie Panzic, Olivia Panzic, Roseanne Rosario, Aidan Wright and George Xu.
Lionel has an injured hand but having his arm in a sling was no deterrent to Lionel making a real conducting statement. The audience thoroughly enjoyed this superb accordion orchestra and applauding accordingly.
John Statham (NZAA President) then gave a farewell speech to everyone, thanking the competitors, their teachers, the parents who are so supportive, all the people who helped to organise and run the event, and lastly, thanked the audience, for being such an excellent audience.
All Results in Programme Order 6th June 2010
9:30 a.m. Qualified Class Q218, Light Classical Solo, 10 years and under
FIRST Angela Chen
SECOND Alexandra Reekie
THIRD Skylah Jeffries
9:35 a.m. Qualified Class Q219, Light Classical Solo, 11 and 12 years
FIRST Helen Wang
9:46 a.m. Qualified Class Q221, Light Classical Solo, 16 years and over
FIRST Mathilde Auroux
9:52 a.m. Qualified Class Q210, 14 years Solo
FIRST Grace Li
SECOND Cherise Barry
9:56 a.m. Qualified Class Q208, 12 years Solo
FIRST Liam Pugh
9:58 a.m. Qualified Class Q232, Ethnic Solo, 13 to 15 years
FIRST Cherise Barry
10:04 a.m. Qualified Class Q235, Accordion with Self Vocal Open Solo
FIRST Andrew Glover
10:14 a.m. Qualified Class Q224, Original Accordion Composition Solo, 13 to 15 years
FIRST Grace Li
10:12 a.m. Qualified Class Q226, Entertainment Solo, 10 years and under
FIRST Corey Jeffries
10:18 a.m. Qualified Class Q229, Entertainment Solo, 16 years and over
FIRST Mathilde Auroux
SECOND Peter Robinson
10:24 a.m. South Pacific Class SP250, South Pacific Piano Accordion Solo, 12 years and under
FIRST Helen Wang
10:24 a.m. Championship Class C6, New Zealand Solo, 12 years and under
FIRST Helen Wang
10:30 a.m. Championship Class C16, New Zealand Solo Accordion Championship
SECOND Bor-Kuan Song
10:30 a.m. South Pacific Class SP252, South Pacific Piano Accordion Solo, 23 years and under
FIRST Edward Giffney
SECOND Bor-Kuan Song
11:20 a.m. Championship Class C61, New Zealand Intermediate Accordion Orchestra
FIRST North Shore Music Makers
John and Jillienne Statham enjoying the dinner.
Tony Davies-Jones, Sophia and Gary Daverne.
Marie Jones, NZAA Secretary for many years, Allan and Joan Reekie.
Malcolm Joslin with two friends.
Stephen Cope and Antoinette Rodahl.
Stephanie and Tony Poole, Rosalind and John Giffney.
Leo Panzic, NZAA Competitions Secretary Annemarie Panzic and Andrew Glover.
2010 New Zealand Accordion Champion and South Pacific Accordion Champion Eddie Giffney with teacher Stephanie Poole.
2009 New Zealand Accordion Champion Jessica Chen, a friend and George Xu who was the runner up in 2009.
Kevin Friedrich, Eddie Giffney and Todd Allen.
Roseanne Rosario, Stephanie Panzic, Campbell Thwaites and Bor-Kuan Song.
NZAA Vice-President Harley Jones with the trophy display.
Helen Wang being presented the South Pacific 12 years & under Solo Accordion Championship trophy.
Patrick Lui being presented the South Pacific 15 years & under Solo
Accordion Championship trophy.
Campbell Thwaites being presented the South Pacific Open Solo
Accordion Championship trophy.
Bor-Kuan Song being presented the 2nd Prize trophy for the New Zealand Solo Accordion Championships.
Eddie Giffney being presented the South Pacific Solo
Accordion Championship trophy.
Megan Jennings (teacher) accepting the Cecil Smith Trophy on behalf of her two vision impaired students Leyna and Petra Coleman.
This trophy is being awarded for a performance during this weekend, (not necessarily a winning performance), that in some special way impresses the audience. Cecil Smith, 1908 to 1989, was born in New Plymouth and lived all his life there. Cecil played the cornet, piano, double bass and accordion amongst other instruments, but the accordion was his favourite instrument. In the last ten years of his life, Cecil played at old folks homes and hospitals, giving pleasure to many thousands of people with his music. Accordion was his main pleasure in later years and he played right up to the time that he passed away. He left his accordion to his grand niece Nicole Phillips and this trophy was donated by his family who wanted to recognise his kindness and generosity and to put a little back into the musical pursuit that Cecil Smith so much enjoyed.
This annual trophy has been donated by the Cocurullo Family of Dargaville as a non musicianship award for services to music. The Cocurullo Family have been prominent in accordion affairs in Northland for many years and the purpose of this trophy is to recognise the important contribution of many non musicians who support this event, working behind the scenes, to make the event possible.
Eddie Giffney was awarded the Doreen and Ben Emmett Memorial Rosebowl for an outstanding classical performance during the weekend for his performance of the Sonata No. 32 in G minor, Hadyn on Saturday.
Ben Emmett Accordion Orchestra Commendation Trophy. This trophy is awarded for a highly commendable performance by an accordion orchestra.
The trophy has been donated by the two daughters of Ben and Doreen Emmett in memory of the important contribution they made to the development of the accordion in the Dargaville area from the 1950's until their deaths in 1976 and 1990. They taught many pupils, their most famous pupil being Kevin Friedrich.
Competitions Secretary Annemarie Panzic was given a special mention for her 10 years of service as the Competitions Secretary and also being an NZAA Committee member. Annemarie is retiring from the NZAA committee this year and the speech by John Statham thanking her for all her service, was warmly applauded by the audience.
John Statham making a final thank you to his committe, to all the helpers, competitors, teachers and parents for all that they have done to make the 2010 New Zealand Accordion Championships and South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival a very successful event.
A group photo of many friends present that evening.
Guest Artist He Qian of China and NZAA Secretary Heather Masefield.
Jessica Chen, He Quian and George Xu, all competitors in the 2009 Coupe Mondiale International Piano Accordion Category. He Qian won, Jessica Chen won 4th place and George Xu 6th place.
Video of Maurice and Alanah Jones playing at the Farewell Dinner.
Thank you to Sala Caudre for helping prepare these pages of Report.
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