School of Music alumni awarded Patricia Pratt Scholarships

08 June 2017
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Top: Bradley Wood. Middle: Maddie Nonoa-Horsefield. Below: Sam Rich.

Three celebrated musicians who are all alumni from the School of Music have received prestigious scholarships. Pianist Bradley Wood, percussionist Sam Rich and soprano Maddie Nonoa-Horsefield, have been awarded 2017 Patricia Pratt Scholarships in Musical Performance to fund their postgraduate study abroad.

Bradley Wood, aged 23 from Christchurch, has been awarded $20,000 to support his two-year Master of Performance programme at the Royal College of Music in London.

A graduate of the University of Auckland, Bradley completed a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) degree and a Master of Music degree.

Bradley, who is described as one of the finest young pianists this country has produced in recent years, has previously won the National Concerto Competition and the University of Auckland Graduation Gala Concerto Competition. He also won the Royal Over-Seas League/Pettman Chamber Music Scholarship which enabled him and a violinist to take part in a six-week tour of the UK, performing in venues including St James, Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Percussionist and timpanist, Sam Rich, has been awarded $10,000, to support his two-year Masters of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Sam, aged 23 from Auckland, graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Auckland and has recently completed the Honours programme in orchestral percussion and timpani performance at the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī.

Sam, who is described as one of New Zealand's most gifted young percussionists to pursue an education and career in music in a decade, is a former member of the NZSO Youth Orchestra. He is currently Principal Timpani for Orchestra Wellington and a substitute player for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Soprano Maddie Nonoa-Horsefield has been awarded $5,000, to support her Masters of Music Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Maddie, aged 23 from Hamilton, completed a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) degree at the University of Auckland in 2015, majoring in Classical Performance.

She has been awarded a place in the Guildhall’s Opera Studies Masters programme, which is made up of only twelve new students per year from an international pool of applicants. 

A former member of the New Zealand Youth Choir, and an alumna of the New Zealand Singing School, last year Maddie was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera.

In addition, Maddie also placed third in the prestigious Lexus Song Quest, and was awarded the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation scholarship for the Most Promising Singer.

She has been described as an artist of extraordinary ability and great charisma, a very hard worker, who is fiercely self-critical and determined to succeed, and an excellent colleague. 

The Scholarship, established by Annette Campbell-White, founder of the Kia Ora Foundation, in memory of her mother Patricia Pratt, assists outstanding young New Zealand musicians to continue their musical development at a renowned international music school or Conservatorium for up to two years.  The scholarships are awarded for classical music performance, including vocal or instrumental performance or conducting.

David Bremner, who convenes the Selection Panel, warmly congratulated the young scholars saying, “We will follow their future international careers with great pride and great interest.”