Budding musicians wow audience
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.
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.