Fundraising concert a success
The wealth of Rotorua talent was showcased at a fundraising concert which featured a range of items.
Rotorua’s Elizabeth Pilaar organised the concert called A Gift of Music which was held recently at Western Heights High School’s hall.
It was a fundraising concert for the Michael Pilaar Memorial Music Fund, and with the money from ticket sales, donations and raffles, the concert managed to raise more than $6000, which means it has reached $50,000 needed.
The fund is organised through the Geyser Community Foundation and the money will now accrue interest for a financial year, so that in 2020 the fund will be able to start giving out grants to young musicians in the Rotorua/taupo¯ region.
“It was very exciting and emotional to be able to announce that this target had been passed on Sunday afternoon.”
Elizabeth says the concert was musically a great success, with 14 different items, including the Western Heights High School Jazz Band, a solo violinist, a guitarist, a bag piper, a recorder player and a pianist, as well as poetry reading, three dancers from Anne Samson School of Dance, a chamber music trio and the Raukura choir from Rotorua Boys’ High School which closed the concert.
“The standard was even higher than last year and our plan is make this an annual event to showcase the wealth of talent Rotorua has across the performing arts,” she said.
Anna Pilaar (left) performs on violin with guitarist Chris Everest.
Raukura choir from Rotorua Boys’ High School.