Young mu­si­cians wanted

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Porirua will again host scores of tal­ented young mu­si­cians when the Kapi-Mana Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2015 is held in May.

Fes­ti­val spokes­woman Carolyn Rait said this year’s event would be big­ger than in pre­vi­ous years and for the first time would in­clude a day set aside for orches­tral string per­for­mances.

The fes­ti­val will cul­mi­nate in a demon­stra­tion con­cert show­cas­ing se­lected per­form­ers from the three-day event.

‘‘The pur­pose of this fes­ti­val is to en­cour­age stu­dents to per­form in Porirua, giv­ing them ex­pe­ri­ence in a friendly, sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Rait said.

‘‘Any school-age stu­dents can en­ter – they don’t have to be just from Porirua or the Kapi-Mana re­gion.’’

This year’s fes­ti­val is ex­pected to at­tract young­sters from the popular Can­nons Creek-based Vir­tu­oso Strings Char­i­ta­ble Trust Orches­tra.

More than 80 mainly pri­mary school chil­dren be­long to the orches­tra.

Vir­tu­oso Strings Char­i­ta­ble Trust co- founder El­iz­a­beth Sneyd said she was aim­ing to make sure ev­ery­one felt good about be­ing on stage.

‘‘The kids are so en­thu­si­as­tic, in­cred­i­bly tal­ented and work so hard. The sky re­ally is the limit for them,’’ she said.

String per­for­mances will be held on May 16, with all other in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing voice, for pupils in years 1 to 8 on May 17.

Sec­ondary school stu­dents, who will com­pete against each other, get their op­por­tu­nity with all other in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing voice, on Sun­day, May 24.

The demon­stra­tion con­cert will be held on May 28. All per­for­mances will be in the Pataka per­form­ing arts stu­dio in Porirua.

En­try fees have been halved this year, with soloist en­try fees $5 each and fees for chil­dren per­form­ing in a group $2 each.

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