This year more than 430 children were involved in the annual concert, so to accommodate them all it was held in the Sir Woolf Fisher Arena at the Vodafone Events Centre. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our Manager, Catherine Blomfield, and a large team of tutors, teachers and school support staff, it was a huge success. One member of the audience wrote: It was an amazing,... > Read more
Tironui students play for international delegates
Tironui senior students were delighted to be invited to play at the Gala night of the International Board on Books for Young People Congress in August. About 450 delegates from 60 countries attended this event in the Aotea Centre. Two Tironui groups were selected - our string ensemble from Octave Up, and our best wind players who provided a fanfare for the occasion. Natalie Tantrum... > Read more
Report by TMT Manager Catherine Blomfield: In 2015 the NZSQ visited Papatoetoe Intermediate School to deliver a workshop to around 120 students from four schools in the Papatoetoe area in South Auckland. All students were learning to play a string instrument. With a newly formed string extension group of 12 players at Papatoetoe Intermediate School... > Read more
Donation to the Tironui Music Trust
In March the Tironui Trust was very happy to receive the following letter: Dear Tironui Music Trust, We are delighted to let you know we have a donation to gift to The Tironui Music Trust to support your work in providing music education opportunities for children. The Gift Trust works with... > Read more
The Trust now has 12 tutors and two relievers working in our seven schools. This enables the children to learn in groups of 5 or 6 with specialist teachers for each instrument. With three new string classes - two at Papatoetoe South and one at Pap East - and increased numbers of students going through to Papatoetoe Intermediate (85 this year), the total number of... > Read more
The year has been so exciting and extremely full on with all the usual set up work. We are just about finished with testing and allocation of instruments all round, songs and new tunes are ringing through Papatoetoe! Lovely comment from a Year 6 double bass student, Anshu, as she walked into the Te Whare Ako space after the long summer break and said.. ... "Wow, I LOVE that... > Read more
This year’s concert was a whole wonderful new experience for all concerned. The Vodafone Events Centre was filled to capacity with an appreciative audience of 750 family and friends, and the children responded by excelling in their playing. Each school individually presented items, and the concert also included pieces by massed wind bands and string ensembles. A string... > Read more
It was with sadness that we learned that Lyn Insley had passed away at Easter. Lyn had been the leader of our strings group since the Tironui programme started, and despite her long illness she continued to support us in every way she could. She will be acutely missed by the other tutors, her students and the schools where she worked. Her drive, directness and passion in bringing love of... > Read more
Puhinui, Papatoetoe West and Papatoetoe North all have Year 5 and Year 6 wind and percussion students this year. Each school has two Bands, while Tironui students at Papatoetoe Intermediate make up a Junior and Advanced Band. Papatoetoe Central and Papatoetoe East continue with two years of string students each, with one ensemble at each school, while the Tironui programme has been... > Read more
Papatoetoe North School – (by Clare Bymolt – Band teacher) We have generally had a good start to the year here at Papatoetoe North. The Year 6s have been making very pleasing progress. They took a couple of weeks to settle back into the routine, but since then attendance at band and lessons has been great. Now that they have a grasp of the basics of playing their instrument,... > Read more
At the end of Term 1 we farewelled Joanne Weiland who was employed as our first Trust Administrator. We thank Joanne for all she did for the Trust through a difficult time of change and expansion, and we wish her well for the future. Catherine Blomfield has this term taken up the new role of Manager of the Trust. This role will be the public face of Tironui, and Catherine will be... > Read more
10 string students from Papatoetoe Intermediate have been selected to attend chamber music workshops run by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra throughout 2015. These involve children from Sistema Aotearoa and Tironui Trust programmes playing alongside members of the APO. This is an excellent opportunity to bring students from the two programmes together; to provide them with mentoring from... > Read more
We welcome four versatile new teachers to our team this year:
Natalie Tantrum teaches trumpet and trombone, as well as the violin, and conducts both a string ensemble and a wind band.
Mei Fong Edgar and Alison Salmons both teach violin and viola and assist with the string ensembles.
Nanae Saga is Assistant Band Conductor at Papatoetoe Intermediate.
Feedback from the APOPS string ensemble who ran a workshop with the Tironui string students in November
“The Tironui Trust students were very easy and fun to work with, they listened carefully to everything that they were asked to do and played with great energy and very good ensemble. Overall a very enjoyable experience.” Charmian Keay “Speaking specifically for the cellos, I was really impressed at their unwavering concentration, even after a 50 minute fairly intense... > Read more
The increasing administrative workload of our constantly expanding programme has been eased with the appointment of Joanne Wieland as Auckland Administrator. Her primary focus is to develop sound management that will ensure our activities are well run and that our systems provide a solid platform for future growth. Barrie Turner has given invaluable teaching support in the band programme,... > Read more