Class acts mark a royal occasion
Talent was in abundance at the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee celebratory concert in Matamata on Sunday. The Queen – very accurately portrayed by Kath Ackroyd (there were a few double takes) – was in attendance and was welcomed to the Memorial Hall with a fanfare. Matamata Brass opened the show, with the crowd joining in for
Compere Colin Kemplen kept the crowd buzzing with royal trivia and the stage was decked out with Union Jacks. Three young singers from Matamata Intermediate, Annelise Tiddy, Tara Howard and Chris Reishmuth, gave outstanding performances. Other acts included the Matamata Senior Singers, the Morrinsville Pavarotti, Hinuera’s Scottish dancing and solo performances by Jessica Schweizer, Memorie Brooky and Karen Waldon. Matamata Primary school kids provided special artwork for the hall and their flute and recorder group were onstage in the second act. The day was hosted by Creative Matamata, which is made up of representatives from local cultural and art groups.