Youth mixing it with Kiwi music legends
Back in 1965 Auckland was revelling in the iconic melodies of rock’n’roll pioneers The Rolling Stones.
Fifty years on from that fabled night, the Play It Strange Trust is giving young performers the chance to rub shoulders with some big names in New Zealand music.
Following the success of the trust’s ode to The Beatles last year, chief executive and Split Enz founder Mike Chunn says the performance will ‘‘be out of this world’’.
‘‘The vibe last year was just incredible,’’ he says. ‘‘The response was most emphatic and now we’re back and ready to do it all over again.’’
Chunn says there is a need to nurture young musical talent and give kids the chance to perform.
‘‘It is brilliant to show just how well they can perform and we’ll do it every year.’’
The two concerts scheduled for June 3 and 4 at the Auckland Town Hall will feature hundreds of performers.
Students from Diocesan School for Girls are among those who will share the stage with the likes of Jordan Luck, Eddie Rayner and Leza Corban.
Chunn has been very enthusiastic about getting young performers involved, such as 17-year-old Bella Spratt.
The Diocesan guitarist and singer jumped at the opportunity.
‘‘I’ve been singing for about 10 years, in between classes or just around the house,’’ she says.
‘‘I thought it would be a great experience and a good chance to practice performing.’’
Play it Strange has been encouraging young New Zealanders to develop interests and skills in songwriting and musical performance since 2003.
Chunn says that while schools have come a long way in providing opportunities for musical development, there is still considerable room for improvement.
‘‘The whole thing with music in school is it’s about where science was 100 years ago,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s about trying to put an infrastructure around something important. The music curriculum should be supported . . . young people want to play music. They’re empowered by it.’’
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