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What it’s like to play in the Christchurch Youth Orchestra

On Saturday 21 May the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra had its first concert for 2016 called Metamorphosis. Student Claire Elliott shares her experience.

I’m Claire and I am the French Horn section leader  in the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra (if you haven’t heard of the French Horn, it’s a brass instrument with lots of curly pipes and a big bell!)

Claire playing at the concert (far right).
Claire playing at the concert (far right).

We began the concert with the famous William Tell Overture by Rossini. If you think of horse racing and galloping towards a finish line, you are probably singing the right melody! Next, all the brass, woodwind and percussion left the stage for the strings to play the beautiful Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams. I can’t say I heard much of it from backstage, but from the applause I gathered it was a success. The concert band piece The Year of the Dragon by Sparke was next. This was fun to play with varying styles and rhythms throughout. Finally, the first half ended with two Hungarian Dances by Brahms. These had to be my favourite of the whole programme.

The second half consisted of Symphony Metamorphosis by Hindemith, a piece with four very different movements. My favourite was the fourth because the whole French Horn section plays a jubilant melody which rings out over the rest of the orchestra! Everyone was glad when we made it to the end and heard the applause of the audience (my lips were especially happy not to have to play any more high notes!) And that was the end of our concert! Now to start preparing for the next one…


Students win Regional MYOB IT Challenge

Last week we had four student teams pitch and compete for the regional title at the inaugural UC Centre for Entrepreneurship   Regional MYOB IT Challenge. This is the first time this challenge has been extended outside of Auckland and there was considerable engagement from students across UC.

Team Blue pitching
Team Blue pitching

The winning team, Team Blue, was selected last Wednesday at the regional judging round. These students will be flown to Auckland by MYOB to compete against teams from across the country for the national title and a share of the $5000 prize pool.

Team Blue focussed on MYOB’s core clients, who are predominantly small to medium sized enterprises that want to spend more time focusing on running their business and less time running their accounts. Team Blue’s solution was a task management system that clearly sets out what tasks employees have on any given day of the week. The team had a very solid understanding of MYOB and where the company wants to grow.

The students in Team Blue are:

  • Charles More – Master of Business Management
  • Tom Mackintosh – Bachelor of Commerce
  • Chris Green – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Read more here >


Reminder: Rhodes Scholarship Evening 2 June

Find out  about the Rhodes Scholarship and the application process.

  • Date: Thursday 2 June 2016, 06:00PM to  07:00PM
  • Location: John Britten 102 Conference Foyer, Ilam Campus, Creyke Road
  • Ticket: Free
  • Register at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/events

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students to study at the University of Oxford.

This is an opportunity for prospective applicants to access information and to ask questions and gain some first-hand knowledge from Rhodes Scholars. The session will also be informative for students contemplating applying for a Rhodes Scholarship in the future.

Universities New Zealand Scholarships – Closing 1 August

  • Rhodes Scholarships  –  The Scholarship is for postgraduate study for up to 3 years. The Scholarship covers personal allowance £13,681 pa, plus fees and return airfares. Must be aged between 19 – 25 in the year of election.

Submit applications to the UC Scholarships Office, Student Services Centre by 1 August

  • Woolf Fisher Scholarships – tenable at University of Cambridge for students who have completed a degree with First Class Honours or expect to do so this year. The Scholarship is for 3-4 years postgraduate research leading to a doctoral degree. Value of Scholarship approximately $100,000 pa (includes airfares, tuition fees and stipend). Must be under age of 30 and have attended a NZ secondary School for at least 2 years.

On-line applications through Universities New Zealand website by 1 August.