Young musicians wanted
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.