De la Hunty has date with des­tiny

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Sara Fitz­patrick

FAR from the main­stream crowd, Bon­nie de la Hunty is a rare and spe­cial breed.

From the age of nine, she knew what her des­tiny would bring.

It would in­volve the mu­sic of her idols: clas­si­cal su­per­stars Wolf­gang Mozart and Franz Schu­bert. She would be an opera singer. “I love be­ing able to ex­press my­self and sing mu­sic that was writ­ten such a long time ago, to still find mean­ing in that and com­mu­ni­cate it with an au­di­ence,” de la Hunty said.

Now 21, and never wa­ver­ing from her dream, the Pep­per­mint Grove song­bird and WAAPA grad­u­ate has re­ceived a schol­ar­ship to study her Mas­ters of Mu­sic in Clas­si­cal Voice at the Royal Academy of Mu­sic in Lon­don.

She em­barks on her new ad­ven­ture in Septem­ber. “I’m so look­ing for­ward to go­ing over there and learn­ing and be­ing sur­rounded by the cul­ture of Lon­don: there is so much mu­sic and so much to see,” de la Hunty said.

“I’ll be learn­ing with some re­ally great teach­ers and it will be a fun place to be.

De la Hunty – hail­ing from a fam­ily of doc­tors – vis­ited the history-en­riched hub for the first time in De­cem­ber for the Academy tri­als.

“I au­di­tioned at four dif­fer­ent con­ser­va­to­ries and at each I had to do a live au­di­tion, sing a few songs and com­plete in­ter­views,” she said. “About six girls from my year at WAAPA in the clas­si­cal voice depart­ment are go­ing to the UK next year (to at­tend var­i­ous con­ser­va­to­ries), so I’ll have a few friends there.”

De la Hunty has taken on sev­eral jobs, in­clud­ing singing teacher, med­i­cal re­cep­tion­ist and maths tu­tor, in an ef­fort to raise money for the hefty stu­dent fees and liv­ing costs of the two-year course.

She per­forms a fundrais­ing con­cert this week fea­tur­ing songs and arias from the baroque to the ro­man­tic pe­ri­ods.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d440805

Bon­nie de la Hunty has a fundrais­ing con­cert to help fi­nance her over­seas stud­ies, with spe­cial guests to in­clude David Wick­ham (pi­ano), Stewart Smith (or­gan), Brent Grapes (trum­pet) and Ash­ley Ar­buckle (vi­o­lin).

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