2018 Proms Concert – Thurs 12 April, 7.30pm


Join us for an evening of fabulous music and fun! Our annual Proms Concert will showcase the award-winning Westlake Symphony Orchestra, Choralation Choir and Voicemale Choir.

Our concerto soloist is viola player Cecile McNeill, who will play ‘When Gravity Fails’ by Christchurch composer Philip Norman.  We are honoured to have a special guest conductor – NZ’s only international Steinway artist, Jason Bae, who will conduct the overture to comic opera The Merry Wives of Windsor (Otto Nicolai). Jason is a Westlaker, internationally renowned concert pianist, and up and coming conductor. Here’s his website: http://jasonbaepianist.com/

Of course the programme will also include all the’Last Night of the Proms’ favourites: ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and ‘Rule Britannia!’ with guest solist Dr. Morag Atchison.

The concert begins at 7.30pm in the Westlake Boys Auditorium.  Refreshments will be available in the interval.  Feel free to don your best British-themed outfit (prize for best-dressed) and wave your Union Jack!

Tickets: $15 and Concessions $10, available on the door.

Young Men In Harmony

By Azarish Ali

Thought to have originated from American Barbers entertaining their customers during the 1830s, Barbershops are conventionally an all-male or all-female quartet branded by ‘A Capella’ singing with three voices harmonising to the melody of a fourth voice.

The Westlake barbershop quartet “Virtutti”, (Nick Curry, Matthew Bennett, Blake Scanlen and Anthony Ji) has had a long and successful history. This year, yet again, “Virtutti” gained the rank of Auckland Champions in the annual ‘Young Singers In Harmony’ competitions. This is the sixth consecutive year in which they have achieved this grade. In addition to the success of “Virtutti” an additional Westlake Boys quartet named ‘Deez Notes’ competed in the YSIH competition. Due to complications, ‘Deez Notes’ was unable to participate in the Auckland division and were forced to become a ‘Wildcard’ entry in the Hamilton division. They performed to a very high standard and emerged with the highest score in that division.

Both quartets have been selected to compete in the national finals, which is set to be held in Wellington on the 14th of September 2016, and are working diligently to produce their greatest sound in hope to not only represent the school but also create beautiful music.

Westlake Production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, 26-30 July 2016

What: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
When: 26-30 July, 7.30pm – plus one Matinee on Saturday 30 July at 2.30pm (first week in Term 3)
Where: Westlake Boys Auditorium
Tickets: Adult $20; Student/Child $15; Family $50 – click here to order your tickets now!

In 2016 the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of the passing of arguably the greatest dramatic writer who ever lived: William Shakespeare. Westlake Boys’ and Westlake Girls’ have therefore combined once again to bring you William Shakespeare’s most popular and enduring comedy: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

This “…Dream”, however, will be quite different, as the production will incorporate both Physical Theatre and Tikanga/Te Ao Māori, to bring audiences a version of the play that is youthful, vital, energetic, playful and truly bicultural.

Unusually, the production will be played with the audience on three sides, partly simulating the experience of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre. Furthermore, the first row of each of the three audience tiers will be “Rumpus Zones”, allowing audience members close contact with the actors, as if they were groundlings at the Globe Theatre.

The production is brought to you by the same students and creatives who staged the thought-provoking and multi-award winning “Assassins”, by Stephen Sondheim, in 2015.

Click here to order your tickets now!

Cast List

Mechanicals/Commedia Troupe
Hannah Clarke – Quince 1
Nick Curry – Quince 2
Joe Jackson – Bottom (all shows)
Sungmin Lee – Thisby (all shows)
Joshua Wang – Snug (lion) 1
Rafa Yam – Snug (lion) 2
Zach Klein – Snout (Wall) 1
Cody Stott – Snout (Wall) 2
Daniel Paek – Starveling (Moonshine) 1
Colby Wilson – Starveling (Moonshine) 2
The Lovers
Sarah Fouhy – Helena 1
Izzy Shield – Helena 2
Jessica Kim – Hermia 1
Ashley Wells – Hermia 2
Josh Song – Lysander 1
Daniel Lough – Lysander 2
Connor Charlesworth – Demetrius 1
Dylan Sommerville – Demetrius 2
The Fairy Kingdom
Melina Ariyani – Titania 1
Eimear Kelly – Titania 2
Jordan Te Aukura – Oberon 1
Abram Mathew – Oberon 2
Grant Zent – Puck 1
Angus Kelsey – Puck 2
Will Page – Puck U/S
Holly Powell – Moth 1
Emma Ormsby – Moth 2
Thira Syrkaul -– Mustardseed 1
Will Page – Mustardseed 2
Grace Abplanalp – Peasblossom 1
Grace Huxford – Peasblossom 2
Minnie Clemence-Levi – Cobweb 1
Erin Nugent – Cobweb 2
Emma Buckley – Fairy
Amy Baxter – Fairy
Emma Aitchison – Fairy
Sally Stroobant – Fairy
The Court
Matt Bullock – Theseus (all shows)
Laith Saeed – Egeus 1
Lily Davis – Egea 2
Paris Jagger – Hippolyta (all shows)
Megan Wilkie – Hippolyta U/S
Kirsten Daly – Philostrate (all shows)
Megan Wilkie – Philostrate U/S

Ensemble: Aidan Bonneau; Caitlin Sloane; Emma McGuigan; Georgia Calverley; Helen Zhang; Katie Yoon; Mae Everett; Milla Paterson; Nadia Saeed; Satine Finer-Neuhausen; Stefani Shaw; Sydney Clough; Allie Budge; Carmen Ellis; Jess Curry; Jessie Scott; Izzy Palmer; Kaylin Jacobs; Ruhi Dawad; Samantha Selby; Andre Vachias; Megan Wilkie and Matt Bruce.

A Midsummer Night's Dream poster Zach Keenan

Big Sing Preview Concert, Monday 13 June, 7.00pm, Westlake Boys Auditorium

What: Big Sing Preview Concert
When: Monday 13 June, 7.00pm
Where: Westlake Boys Auditorium
Entry: Free

The 2016 Big Sing Regional heats, featuring the award winning choirs from Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls Schools, are fast approaching.  To give you a taste of what’s in store in the regional competition, you are invited to come along to the free Big Sing Preview Concert, held in the Westlake Boys Auditorium on Monday 13th June at 7.00pm – the eve of the Big Sing Regional Competition.

TBS-logo-2016-1The Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls choirs include:

  • Choralation
  • Voicemale
  • Cantare
  • Momentum
  • Nota Bella
  • En Masse

With Special Guests: Manawanui – Te Kura Taumata o Panguru

All groups will perform their short Big Sing regional programmes.  All Westlake parents, students and the wider Westlake community are invited to come along to enjoy an evening of uplifting and entertaining music.

The Big Sing Regional Competition runs from 14-16 June in the Auckland Town Hall. Tickets for the evening gala concerts on each of those nights are available from Ticketmaster or by phoning 0800 111 999. Prices $19 – $23. Click here for the Big Sing Auckland timetable.