Recital by stu­dents

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A group of tal­ented Auck­land stu­dents are get­ting to­gether this week­end for a recital that shows off their mu­si­cal skill.

The stu­dents, aged 14 to 17, have been play­ing var­i­ous in­stru­ments such as the vi­olin, piano, oboe and cello from a very young age.

Most of them have taken part in some of the most pres­ti­gious mu­si­cal con­certs in New Zealand and also won schol­ar­ships.

Pi­anist Louise Burl­ing, 16, be­gan play­ing at the age of 5 when her par­ents en­cour­aged her to try a range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘My par­ents wanted me to try ev­ery­thing as a kid.

‘‘I did a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties as a child like piano and bal­let and sports. I did bal­let for nine years [but piano] was the only thing that suited me.’’

The West­mere res­i­dent has per­formed in many dif­fer­ent con­certs such as the New Zealand Young Chi­nese Piano and Vi­olin Tal­ent where she was in­vited back as a spe­cial guest last year.

Last De­cem­ber Louise also re­ceived the as­so­ciate diploma from the Trin­ity Col­lege of Mu­sic in Lon­don.

‘‘I re­ally en­joy it. It’s only re­cently that I started to en­joy it as much as I have been. This year I found a new love for it. I don’t feel like I’ve been forced.’’

But piano is not the only thing the King’s Col­lege stu­dent plays.

She can also play sax­o­phone, trum­pet, pi­anoac­cor­dion and guitar.

‘‘You kind of have to give up your so­cial life to make time for the mu­sic. If I had a choice I’d love to do it as a ca­reer. I’m pretty un­cer­tain though.’’

She cred­its some of her tal­ent to men­tor Leo StaffordBush who is or­gan­is­ing the week­end recital.

‘‘We’ve had this group since we were all 7 to 8 years old. He’s taught us the fun­da­men­tals, he’s taught us how to have a char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity de­spite not be­ing a mu­si­cian him­self.’’

The recital will be held at King’s School in Re­muera on Sun­day at 1pm.

Young tal­ent: High school stu­dent Louise Burl­ing has been play­ing the piano for 12 years.

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