Youngsters kept on musical toes
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.