Fourth Youth Music Festival this Saturday
As the 49th Manawatu Jazz Festival gets underway this week, so does another complementary musical event. On Saturday the Rotary Club of Palmerston North is hosting the fourth annual Youth Music Festival in city cafes.
During the day from 10.30am, more than 150 students from 14 schools and music academies will perform for free at 11 city cafes and venues.
Rotarian and festival convenor, Mark Buxton says the event is a great opportunity for budding musicians to learn the art of public performance in front of appreciative audiences.
‘‘Each year this festival of talent gets bigger and bigger. All are welcome to visit the participating cafes and enjoy free music from talented students.’’
Rotary Club of Palmerston North president, Morva Croxson is hoping people will take advantage of the venues on Saturday to relax with great company, coffee and food and appreciate the up and coming musicians and their music.
There are pop, rock and jazz bands, chamber and classical groups, ensembles, choirs, trios, duos and solo acts. Platinum Rose is a pop band from Monrad Intermediate; Voicestra, a choir from Ross Intermediate; After Ours is a rock band from St Peter’s College, while classical groups No Frets and The Accidentals are from Studio Marise McNeill.
Other young musicians are from Longburn Adventist College, Palmerston North Girls’ High School, Carncot School, Huntley School, Palmerston North Intermediate Normal, College St Normal, the Saturday Morning Music Class, and Manawatu Musician Makers.
Cafes and venues involved this year include Atrium at The Plaza, Joe’s Garage, La Patio at The Coachman, Rumour Has It, Cafe Royale in Square Edge, and Bethany’s in The Square.
The programme is available on the Rotary Youth Music Festival Facebook page, in The Tribune, and at all participating cafes, venues and schools.
For further information, contact Mark Buxton 027 240 9435 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Foster, Earla Mitchell, Danilo Herrera-Torres, Ethan Collie from St Peter’s College group After Ours are among the up and coming young performers who will be taking part in the annual Youth Music Festival this Saturday.