Roy­als take in jazz from South Waikato

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Buzz over the royal fam­ily visit has cir­cu­lated the coun­try and Toko­roa’s Daniel Mill­ward was part of the ac­tion.

Mill­ward, 24, showed his skills on the piano as Prince Wil­liam un­veiled a por­trait of the Queen at Govern­ment House in Welling­ton. A 11⁄ hour com­pi­la­tion of jazz mu­sic

2 was played by the young mu­si­cian which in­cluded royal-themed songs such as Some Day My Prince Will Come.

Mill­ward scored the op­por­tu­nity as a con­tracted mu­si­cian for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Born and raised in Toko­roa, Mill­ward now lives in Welling­ton and is a free­lance mu­si­cian.

Al­though he said the op­por­tu­nity was ‘‘pretty cool’’, friends and fam­ily claimed more ex­cite­ment.

‘‘I men­tioned it to other people and they were ex­cited,’’ he said.

Af­ter he told his par­ents, they hoped it would turn into a photo op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘They asked for a photo, but I don’t think I could have got­ten one,’’ he said.

As well as the en­counter with the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge, Mill­ward ac­com­pa­nied opera singer Dame Malv­ina Ma­jor on a tour this year.

De­spite com­ing from a small town, as­pi­ra­tions to make it in the mu­sic in­dus­try are still real for Mill­ward.

‘‘ Com­ing from Toko­roa, it al­ways seemed like a far away thing to make a liv­ing out of mu­sic,’’ he said.

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