The Weekend Sun Competition

Don’t miss your chance to see and hear two big musical names in the Bay this April.

New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and South African pianist James Baillieu join forces to play at St Peters Church on April 18.

Julien is the only person ever to have won first prize in both the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Wigmore Hall Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, while James is a world-renowned pianist, professor and head of piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Julien recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he studied with Russell Smythe.

On graduation, he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal.

James has been a prize-winner at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Das Lied International Song Competition and Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions.

He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2010, and in 2012 received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust Award.

These two supremely talented musicians will treat audiences to a beguiling selection of songs of travel, landscapes and drama – including a new commission from NZ composer Gareth Farr, who will set short poems by Bill Manhire to music, about iconic birds the takahe, dotterel, tui and the extinct huia.

Legacy Funerals and Tauranga Musica, in association with Chamber Music New Zealand, present Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu on Monday, April 8, from 7pm at St Peters Church, 11 Victoria Road, Mount Maunganui.

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The Weekend Sun has one double pass to see Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu on Monday, April 8 at 7pm for one lucky reader.

Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Liz Mason!