On November 2, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Year 7 music scholar Polly Lee, and Year 9 music scholar for 2020 Chloe Jiang (who is currently Year 8 at The Cathedral Grammar School) were soloists with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Last Night of the Proms concert, in the Christchurch Town Hall.
Polly and Chloe joined the CSO playing the piano duet solo in three movements from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals – Aquarium, Fossils, and the very well-known The Swan.
Director of Music at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Janet Kingsbury, said both students are very accomplished pianists and violinists.
“The fact that these young women are playing alongside much older musicians, is a clear indication of the high calibre of some of our current and future music students,” she said, adding, “All credit to them, their talent, and their incredible focus and drive.”
This was Polly’s third performance as a soloist with the CSO; on two previous occasions she was a violin soloist.
Polly and Chloe are piano students of Christchurch pianists and teachers Melanie Lina and Michael Endres.