Kay MacKenzie

kaymackenzieKay MacKenzie is a Scottish musician specialising in brass tuition and composition.

Studying in the heart of brass banding of Yorkshire, England, Kay completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Huddersfield in 2003 under the expert guidance of cornet virtuoso Phillip McCann. Following this, a passion for composition led Kay to return to her roots in Scotland and undertake a Masters degree in composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Here she was granted the prestigious distinction award in this degree and has since been a regularly commissioned composer of original works, many of which have a prominent brass flavour.

Kay immigrated to New Zealand in 2006 after being head-hunted by the highly regarded Dalewool Auckland Brass Band to relocate and perform with them over here on the soprano cornet. Since then, she has been an advocate for youth music in the community, having been employed as an itinerant tutor of music and director of the NZCT Auckland Brass Academy.

Kay has recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching Secondary School Education at the University of Auckland and received a first in course award for this. This has secured her a full-time position at the vibrant and highly successful MacLeans College, teaching classroom music under the wing of their Head of Department, Nigel Weeks.

Dalewool Auckland Brass present World Première

Dalewool is proud to present the world première of the Soprano Cornet Solo “Two Scenes”
tomdavorenThis will be played at our concert on the 16th June, 7.30pm at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre by our star soprano cornetist Kay MacKenzie and presented by our very special guest conductor, the one and only Nigel Weeks.

Composed by acclaimed brass writer Tom Davoren (pictured), the work consists of two contrasting, but continuous, sections portraying a dual aspect view from Penarth, the composer’s town of residence. Penarth itself is a small settlement located on the raised headland of a man made bay on the South Wales coast.

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The first scene, Night Lights, captures the bustling and colourful atmosphere surrounding the city of Cardiff, Penarth’s much larger neighbour and the capital of Wales. Viewed from a higher vantage point, the overall impression is one of moving light and blended colour. The pulsing neon of night time revellers, factories and fast traffic create an entrancing web of light, nestled beneath an eerie halo of light pollution.

The second scene, Morning, explores a transitional phase between the manmade glow from the city and the warm, natural light of the coming sunrise. As the light itself mellows, the picture changes; abrasive lines of structure and industry are lost to an expansive view of the Bristol channel. Colours become softer and perspective deeper as the breadth and majesty of the picture slowly unfolds.

This promises to be a very special performance within a very special concert. The band is honoured to have been asked to perform such a major première and it is a testament to the high quality and international reputation of Dalewool Auckland Brass.

The rest of the Scenes concert will be framed around this piece including familiar works from stage and screen and one or two great numbers from left field. It is often written here, but more so than ever, you do not want to miss this!