Sym­phony goes down a treat


Porirua’s Te Rau­paraha Arena played host to the New Zealand Sym­phony Orches­tra last week as 1100 lo­cal school chil­dren were treated to a top shelf mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

The NZSO in­vited lo­cal schools to bring chil­dren along to hear them re­hearse as they pre­pare for their up­com­ing na­tional con­cert se­ries Swing into Spring.

The re­hearsal fea­tured 64 play­ers from the NZSO plus 19 mem­bers of the Rodger Fox Big Band.

Schools from around Porirua jumped at the chance to be there, said Re­becca Martin from Porirua City Coun­cil’s Events and Spon­sor­ships team.

‘‘About 1100 young peo­ple heard some of New Zealand’s top mu­si­cians per­form a va­ri­ety of pieces, in­clud­ing mod­ern num­bers by Lorde and Fat Freddy’s Drop. That’s a pretty unique ex­pe­ri­ence at that age,’’ she said. ’’I loved watch­ing the kids’ faces as the mu­sic started, and saw a few mim­ick­ing play­ing the in­stru­ments in their seats. It was great to see.’’

Porirua East School deputy prin­ci­pal Ruth Mahupuku-Kelly at­tended with 150 stu­dents.

‘‘The chil­dren and teach­ers loved it,’’ she said.

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