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26 February 2019 / News
The 2019 Adam Summer School was also the programme's 25th anniversary. What an amazing milestone to reach! The school is a residential chamber music programme and this year 28 students from New Zealand and Australia spent over a week participating in intensive coaching and public masterclasses with the New Zealand String Quartet members, pianist Jian Liu, and Feldenkrais method instructor Elke Dunlop. One participant explained:
The School is by far the best musical experience I have had – a very good balance of learning from the tutors, practising as a group and learning how to work together as a team.
And we could not be happier that we could return for such an occasion to the newly-refurbished Nelson Centre of Musical Arts. Having the space to run concurrent coaching sessions, private lessons, and allocate individual practice times all in one building made a positive difference in running this year’s school. Despite some initial concerns about the bush fires raging near Nelson, the students agree that Nelson provides the perfect home for the Adam Summer School – with one commenting that it’s a ‘really beautiful place’.
Students during coaching at the 2019 Adam Summer School
A look back at the 2000 Adam Summer School students and tutors
2019 Adam Summer School students and tutors
The two Finale Concerts held on the last day of the course, 17 February, marked the high point for many students. As one student explained:
The high point for me during the week is seeing everyone’s hard work pay off at the concert, and the energy that surrounds all the performances. Also having meal times and the evenings to get to know people better and strengthen friendships is really cool.
Audience members, too, expressed that the standards of these performances were impressive. One student called the Adam Summer School ‘a life-changing experience I will remember forever’; others described it as ‘unforgettable, rewarding, challenging, awesome’ and as ‘an exhilarating week of learning, expanding my musical horizons'. Thanks to the generous support from the Adam Foundation, the school just seems to keep getting stronger. Some students return year after year for a course that’s both ‘totally inspiring and fun’ and enables them to surpass their own performance goals. We’re looking forward to year 26 already!
28 February 2019 / NewsWe’re incredibly excited to announce we’re hitting the road even earlier than usual this year for our 2019 National Tour! Our first concert will be in Featherston on 28 June, then it’s off to another eight cities to give twelve more concerts. Read More
27 February 2019 / NewsOutside our busy NZSQ schedule, you can find each of us performing as soloists over the next couple of months. First up, it’s Helene. She’s joining forces with Jian Liu on 29 March for a free violin and piano recital at the New Zealand School of Music. Read More
27 February 2019 / NewsOur new CD, Brahms Quintets 1 and 2, was launched during the Adam Chamber Music Festival. Released under the Naxos label, which is recognised globally as a leading producer of classical music recordings, we are tremendously proud of this work. Read More