Bud­ding mu­si­cians wow au­di­ence

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS -

From string and wind in­stru­ments to jazz pieces and piano so­los, there was a plethora of tal­ent on dis­play at the Pataka + Art Mu­seum dur­ing the Kapi-Mana Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Held over three days, the an­nual event show­cased about 200 school stu­dents’ mu­si­cal tal­ents in both com­pet­i­tive and non-com­pet­i­tive for­mats.

Fes­ti­val trus­tee and or­gan­iser Carolyn Rait said there was ‘‘a buzz of ex­cite­ment’’ as she, fel­low trus­tee El­iz­a­beth Sneyd and Aus­tralia’s Matthews Tyson judged the per­for­mances.

‘‘The young­sters’ de­light in mu­sic, gen­er­ously given ap­plause and the pol­ish that comes with achiev­ing not only a well-re­hearsed per­for­mance but a per­for­mance ‘im­age’ of ap­pro­pri­ate dress and a cour­te­ous bow, all con­trib­uted to the fes­ti­val’s suc­cess.’’

Rait said each day’s ses­sions were packed out with sup­port­ing friends and fam­ily, es­pe­cially dur­ing the event’s Show­case Con­cert on June 5.

‘‘The amount of sup­port shown and the tal­ent on dis­play that even­ing, and through­out the en­tire event, was sim­ply out of this world.

‘‘Maybe it will in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of lo­cal play­ers.

‘‘The bud­ding mu­si­cians achieved a per­sonal per­for­mance mile­stone,’’ she said.

Labour MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi, was on hand to present more than 30 awards for out­stand­ing per­for­mances.

PHOTO: FIONA FOXALL

Most out­stand­ing in­ter­me­di­ate mu­si­cian Ben­jamin Carter im­pressed judges with his piano play­ing abil­ity. They also awarded him most out­stand­ing pi­anist and in­ter­me­di­ate piano solo grade 3 and above.

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