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May 5th Guest – Jake Church

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday 5th May 2019
At Thistle Hall
293 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington
The meeting will start at 4.15 and finish at 6.30 pm.

5th May special guest

Our special guest for this month is Jake Church

“…his experience performing around the country showed in his easy manner and obvious enjoyment… His playing was delicate, expressive and evocative…”
Anne Bovett, stuff.co.nz.

About…
Jake Church is a Wellington-based guitarist who specialises in experimental-new music to expand the repertoire and conventions for the guitar. He recently completed a Master of Musical Arts research degree at the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington under the primary supervision of Dr Jane Curry, which explored the collaborative practices between non-guitarist composers and guitarist performers during the creation of new works for the guitar.
Jake works as one the Raroa Music Centre’s guitar tutors and developed a studio of private students based at St Anne’s Church in Northland. Jake customises the educational material for the student’s areas of development and interests to instil the foundational processes of understanding and discipline for execution in classical music practices.
Since the completion of his Master of Musical Arts, Jake has become an active contemporary-experimental guitarist-performer and collaborator in the Wellington new music composition scene. He has recently returned from Sweden performing as a free-improviser and developing a project to pursue a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington. The trip to Sweden was funded by the Judith Clark Memorial Fellowship for study qualitative analysis from Professor Stefan Östersjö of Lund University and Stockholm Royal College of Music.
As a soloist and founding member of Duo Kitā, Jake has toured New Zealand and gained numerous performance accolades. Some of these accolades include: the Body/Harris Prize for best performance of a NZ work (Gorzanis Frammenti by Glen Downie, 2017): the New Zealand Aspiring Guitarist Award (2016), the Audience Choice Award (2014), 2nd Place (2014 and 2016) and best performance of a NZ work (2018) at the NZ Classical Guitar Competition, the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Competition Final with Duo Kitā, and the winner of the Muriel May Competition (2015). He is also a grateful recipient of many grants and scholarships from Creative New Zealand (to commission Auckland composer Alex Taylor), the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, J. C. Richards Award, Freemasons Lankhuyzen/Whetu-Kairangi Biannual Music Award, Royal Arch Jubilee Scholarship, and Hinemoa-Kairangi Benevolent Trust Scholarship.
We are very very fortunate to have him agree to perform for us. Come along and enjoy what promises to be a very nice short concert. Support our young players as they take on the torch of maintaining our musical culture into the future.!

At our last meeting Owen had copies of the ensemble booklet available for purchase. Yeh! A great program for the year. A great job on Owens part. He has chosen very nice music that is also playable by less experienced players.
We are keen to have our ensemble practise these pieces up well so we can record them and put them on our youtube channel.
Pieces to focus on for this month
P2. Adagio CAntibile
P6. Every Breath you Take
P38 Minuet in A Minor
P39 Minuet in E minor

Online access to Ensemble music

The music can be found in our cloud folder at WCGS_2019_Music.pdf . Feel free to print it out as you wish.

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