Georgina Palmer began playing the piano at the age of six. During her first year of piano studies she also began to compose, entering and performing her first solo piano work in a competition at the age of seven.
Throughout school Georgina was actively involved in music—since picking up the violin at the end of Year 9, she was a member of several music groups including school choirs, orchestras, jazz bands, BandQuest, RockQuest and, more recently, chamber music groups. In 2018 her Waimea College chamber group won the Nelson Chamber Music NZ competition, leading to a performance at the regional finals in Christchurch later that year. She has completed ABRSM Grade 8 Piano and ABRSM Grade 3 Violin, and also has ABRSM Grade 5 Theory and TCL Grade 6 Theory.
In August 2020 Georgina won the SOUNZ Big Sing Choral Composition Competition for NZ secondary school students with her piece A Music Everywhere. Originally composed for two violins and piano, her music teacher suggested the addition of vocal lines after he found inspiration in a poem about music by Bessie Rayner Parkes. About A Music Everywhere, composer David Hamilton wrote, “This is a very mature piece of writing…the piece is never less than engaging and interesting. Lovely melodic lines for all voices. This would be a joy to sing.” The piece had its debut performance at the Nelson College for Girls prizegiving on 11th November 2020, and was recorded by the same performers the following month.
Currently, Georgina is busily working on several orchestral pieces, experimenting with irregular time signatures and challenging her compositional abilities. She is also involved with NBS Nelson City Brass, an A-grade competitive brass band in the Nelson/Tasman region—after being invited to the development band in 2019, she soon advanced to the competitive band where she now plays tuned percussion and timpani. In 2020 Georgina successfully auditioned for the National Youth Brass Band, a week-long course in January 2021 for musicians 23 years old and younger.
Since changing secondary schools in 2019—to Nelson College for Girls—Georgina became more interested in composing for film and orchestra, and she intends to study composition at university in the near future.
for small orchestra, 3m 10s
for SSA choir, two violins and piano, 3m 50s
for two flutes, piano and strings, 5m 10s