Young mu­si­cians’ first paid gig

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

Two best friends will per­form an orig­i­nal award-win­ning song at the Auck­land Mu­seum this month for their first paid gig.

For­mer Eller­slie Pri­mary School stu­dents Han­nah Milo and Ella Dale, both 13, will be per­form­ing as a part of Vol­ume, the mu­seum’s cur­rent New Zealand mu­sic ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘Other than some busk­ing in New­mar­ket, this will be their first paid gig,’’ Ni­cole Dale, Ella’s mum, said.

The girls wrote their song We are Aotearoa while fly­ing to and from New Ply­mouth last year and only en­tered it into the com­pe­ti­tion on the very last day.

‘‘The song is about be­ing a New Zealan­der in a nut­shell,’’ Milo said.

The song’s lyrics are pos­i­tive about the strength of New Zealan­ders:

‘‘We are strong. We are bold. We are Aotearoa. We are proud. We are gold. We are Aotearoa.’’

The girls have per­formed the song ’’too many times to count,’’ and they’re both con­fi­dent about their up­com­ing per­for­mance.

They think it’ll be sim­i­lar to the time they sang at Auck­land’s Town Hall.

‘‘It’s a nice open space,’’ Milo said.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t be prac­tis­ing sev­eral times a week.

Dale said they won’t be ready un­til they no longer make any mis­takes.

Milo and Dale met when they sat at the same ta­ble at Eller­slie Pri­mary school and be­came close after en­ter­ing the Hook, Line and Sing-A-Long song­writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion in 2015.

When they en­tered again in 2016 with We are Aotearoa they won first place along with $1000.

Of that $500 went to the school and $500 went to the girls.

Dale bought a ukulele and Milo bought a gui­tar with the prize money.

Since win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion their song has been taught in pri­mary schools across New Zealand.

They’ve per­formed in Vector Arena, Auck­land’s Town Hall and at the Auck­land Pri­mary Prin­ci­pals As­so­ci­a­tion Schools’ Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Milo said she wants to pur­sue a ca­reer in mu­sic while Dale was un­de­cided at this point.

The girls will be per­form­ing six songs in the mu­seum’s Atrium stage for 20 min­utes on Jan­uary 21 and 22.

Vol­ume runs un­til May 21.

Han­nah Milo and Ella Dale will per­form their song at the mu­seum for their first mu­si­cal pay cheque.

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