The Solo Spotlight (previously called the Concerto Concert) has become one of the most enjoyed concerts of the Series. Every year audiences and orchestra members alike are astounded by the quality and virtuosity of the performers taking part. Performing a concerto movement or vocal item with a full symphony orchestra is a fantastic and rewarding experience for any musician and the Nelson Symphony Orchestra offers this opportunity to young aspiring concert soloists up to 25 years of age from anywhere in New Zealand and in addition, a limited number of places for current or past Nelson residents of any age. Applicants need to be Grade 8 standard or above, singing or on their chosen instrument.
The Solo Spotlight is scheduled for Saturday 24th September 2016
How to apply
The application is completed online at any point up to the closing date 24th June, 2016 using the form below. Please include with your application, written confirmation from a New Zealand library that you have provisionally reserved the score and orchestral parts for your chosen work, it being available to the NSO from July 28th. The National Library catalogue is a good place to start searching. If your application is successful, the NSO will hire the music, covering all costs. Please note that the NSO will only hire orchestral parts from overseas in very exceptional cases.
Recording and Entrance Fee
Applicants are required to send a recent CD recording of the chosen movement or vocal item (preferably with piano accompaniment) along with a cheque for $50 made payable to ‘Nelson Symphony Orchestra’ to the NSO secretary,, 3 Oldham Lane, Nelson 7010 to arrive before the closing date 24th June, 2016. The entry fee will be returned if the application is unsuccessful. Piano concerto recordings using a second piano to provide orchestral parts should ensure that the solo part is distinguishable in the recording.
Travel and Accommodation
Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the applicant. There are a number of motels close to Old St John's or billets can be arranged if requested on the application form. Host families will ensure transport to and from rehearsals and provide meals.
Soloists are asked to attend the scheduled rehearsals from the Wednesday or the Thursday of the week leading up to the concert. Local soloists will also be offered additional rehearsal times with the orchestra earlier in the rehearsal period if appropriate.
We look forward to receiving your application!
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The soloists from our first concerto concert in 2002 featuring young musicians from Nelson.