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Bros back each other
By ABBIE NAPIER
TOP ACT: Stephen, left, and Jeremy Watson are a formidable pair on the ivories.
TWO CHRISTCHURCH brothers will go
head to head and back to back in the
National Concerto Competition next
Jeremy (20) and Stephen Watson (18)
have been playing piano together since
they were in kindergarten.
Jeremy began playing when he was
five-years-old, closely followed by Ste-
phen one year later, when he was only
four. The two were accepted at the Uni-
versity of Canterbury aged 15 and 14
respectively. Both have completed a
degree in performance music. While Ste-
phen intends to continue study at Can-
terbury, Jeremy is planning a trip over-
seas to study musicology.
In a few short weeks, the brothers will
put their skills to the test at the prelimi-
nary round of the 46th National Concerto
Competition. This year’s entry is restric-
ted to piano players. Jeremy will
accompany Stephen for his rendition of
Liszt’s Piano Concerto No2 and then Ste-
phen will accompany Jeremy for Pierne’s
Concerto in C Minor from Opus 12.
Each will be the other’s orchestra.
‘‘It’s a bit expensive to hire a whole
orchestra for each contestant,’’ Jeremy
❚ To check the brothers out: Middleton
Grange Performing Arts Centre, Friday,
December 14, 7pm. Entry $10.
Racers find their way home OK
By ANNA PRICE
STREET RACERS from New
Brighton and Kaipoi were
given a police escort out of the
Selwyn district in the early
hours over the weekend in two
Constable Nigel Craythorne
said about 25 modified cars,
most with body kit but all
street legal, were dispersed
from outside Irwell Hall,
Leeston, about 2am on
‘‘We were concerned they
were gathering at an intersec-
tion at that time. There were
no offences. They were all
registered and warranted. We
think they’d just arrived,’’ he
‘‘We made sure they found
their way to Hornby OK.’’
The following night, a group
in five performance cars
assembled near Rolleston
were escorted out of the dis-
trict at 2.30am.
‘‘It’s a concern,’’ Mr Crayth-
‘‘They can afford these flash
cars with a $1 down and
weekly payments. Some of
them work very hard and put
all their money into their cars,
But once they get that group
mentality, they just become
‘‘Most of the cars had
alcohol but at least they had
the sense to choose sober
The Saturday morning
group was found during rou-
tine patrols. As a result, police
worked extra hours over
Saturday night and flushed
out the smaller group near
‘‘It probably saved us get-
ting called out later,’’ he said.
The incidents are the latest
in a series in Selwyn district
over the past two years as
petrolheads search for new
locations out of quake-shot
In October, up to 30 street
racers spread diesel over Two
Chain Rd near Burnham and
burned rubber, ripping up
Initial reports noted ‘‘there
was a lot of smoke going on’’
In May racers doing donuts
and skids were bagged by
police at Broadfields.
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