Duo best in state

Short-listed for HSC con­cert

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Adam Hourigan adam.hourigan@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

A MILD-man­nered master of gui­tar and a sweet songstress from Maclean High have been given the best pos­si­ble news about their HSC just in time for their ex­ams.

Ma­nee­sha Davis, 18, and Travis Carlisle, 17, have been short-listed for the show­case En­core con­cert for the best in HSC Mu­sic per­for­mances this year. They will now sub­mit an au­di­tion tape along­side the other high-rank­ing per­form­ers to see if they can show their stuff on the stage of the Syd­ney Opera House next year.

For Ma­nee­sha, she said it was a huge shock to be nom­i­nated, but it was a won­der­ful reward for years of hard work and train­ing her voice.

“I started singing at my pri­mary school... and when I first started I couldn’t do it well, and it took a lot of train­ing to get my voice and learn the tech­niques,” she said.

“It’s def­i­nitely been re­ward­ing, I’ve put a lot of work into what I do.”

Ma­nee­sha sang three clas­si­cal pieces and a piece of mu­si­cal theatre from Ok­la­homa for her four pieces, and said was drawn to the the­atri­cal na­ture of the works.

“I had a fas­ci­na­tion it, I used to love the clas­si­cal and opera singers, and then I was drawn to­wards theatre be­cause I like the drama side of it. I love act­ing and it’s some­thing I in­cor­po­rated into the per­for­mance.”

On the other side of the mu­si­cal spec­trum, Travis rocked the ex­am­in­ers with a pre­sen­ta­tion of two songs by gui­tar vir­tu­oso Joe Sa­tri­ani, an acous­tic Led Zep­pelin num­ber and Me­tal­lica’s Master of Pup­pets.

“One of the at­trac­tions of the mu­sic course was that could I present in the style that I wanted and be treated the same...and I’ve al­ways liked rock, es­pe­cially the stuff that is more im­pres­sive and fun to play,” he said.

Travis has played gui­tar

for eight years.

“I love to be able to hear a song you like and to be able to go ‘I can play that’. I still like that feel­ing, and I like for peo­ple to en­joy what I’m play­ing,” he said.

Both stu­dents had at­tended the En­core per­for­mance on an ex­cur­sion and said they were amazed they had the chance to be one of the per­form­ers on the Opera House stage.

“We went to En­core, and it

was so cool, and you think there’s a lot of peo­ple in NSW able to be part of this, and now here I am,” Travis said.

Ma­nee­sha paid trib­ute to both her class­mates and teach­ers.

“Our teach­ers have been re­ally ded­i­cated and go out of their way to help us suc­ceed,” she said.

“The stu­dents all feed off each other and al­ways help each other out. We’re just like one big fam­ily.”

It’s def­i­nitely been re­ward­ing, I’ve put a lot of work into what I do

— Ma­nee­sha Davis

PHO­TOS: ADAM HOURIGAN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

SONGSTRESS: Ma­nee­sha Davis, 18, has been nom­i­nated for an En­core per­for­mance for the best in HSC Mu­sic per­for­mances.

ROCK VIR­TU­OSO: Maclean High School HSC Mu­sic stu­dent Travis Carlisle plays gui­tar in his room.

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