Young­sters kept on mu­si­cal toes

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Promis­ing mu­si­cians will have the chance to hone their skills along­side a world-renowned mu­si­cian at St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege next week. Ac­com­plished oboist Gor­don Hunt will be putting a group of young artists through their paces as he con­ducts the Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia’s (APO) Fel­low­ship Orches­tra for a third year. As part of the APO’s an­nual sum­mer school, chil­dren from as young as eight will have the chance to re­ceive per­sonal men­tor­ing from the orches­tra’s pro­fes­sional play­ers be­fore tak­ing to the stage for a pub­lic con­cert on Jan­uary 17.

Mr Hunt has been in­volved for the past six years.

He is prin­ci­pal oboe with both the Lon­don Phil­har­monic and Lon­don Cham­ber or­ches­tras but vis­its New Zealand each year to per­form and do some fly fish­ing.

Mr Hunt has per­formed with a num­ber of lead­ing con­duc­tors in a three-decade ca­reer that has seen him travel across Europe, North Amer­ica and Asia.

But he al­ways looks for­ward to re­turn­ing to Auck­land to take part in the sum­mer school.

‘‘It is im­mensely re­ward­ing work­ing with young peo­ple, as their en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion for the mu­sic is so great,’’ he says.

Two fi­nale con­certs will be held at St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege, 122 Mar­ket Rd, Ep­som, on Jan­uary 17 at 5.30pm and 8pm.

Go to apo.co.nz for tick­ets.

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