Young mu­si­cians take the stage


The sounds of mu­sic will be tak­ing over Porirua this Queen’s Birth­day week­end as mu­sic stu­dents come to­gether for an an­nual fes­ti­val.

The Kapi-Mana Mu­sic Fes­ti­val runs for three days and show­cases young mu­si­cians from around the Wellington re­gion.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser and trustee of the Kapi-Mana Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Char­i­ta­ble Trust Carolyn Rait has been in­volved in mu­sic her en­tire life and said the event was the per­fect chance for mu­si­cians to per­form for an au­di­ence.

‘‘It’s a real per­for­mance op­por­tu­nity.’’

One hun­dred and thirty six school stu­dents will per­form more than 220 pieces of mu­sic at the Pa¯taka Mu­seum over the week­end.

On Mon­day, the fes­ti­val will wrap up with a show­case.

The pub­lic can drop in for free to hear their per­for­mances.

‘‘It gives them a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to see some re­ally up-and-com­ing mu­si­cians,’’ Rait said.

The fes­ti­val is open to stu­dents of all ages and all skill lev­els. There are three classes they can take part in - fes­ti­val, com­pe­ti­tion or recital.

Fes­ti­val classes are a chance for those start­ing out to gain some ex­pe­ri­ence in front of a crowd, while com­pe­ti­tion classes award plac­ings for stu­dents com­pet­ing in age groups or in grades.

Recital classes are a new ad­di­tion to the fes­ti­val.

Mu­si­cians will per­form a test piece, as well as two or three other pieces of their own choice in ei­ther a five minute, 10 minute or 20 minute recital.

‘‘As a re­tired mu­sic teacher, I just love hear­ing the stu­dents play and en­cour­ag­ing them to do well,’’ Rait said.

‘‘We try to make the event very friendly and [the stu­dents] have the op­por­tu­nity to meet and hear other stu­dents.’’

Mu­si­cian and former chief ex­ec­u­tive of the New Zealand Sym­phony Orches­tra Peter Walls has been named as one of the ad­ju­di­ca­tors.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser El­iz­a­beth Sneyd said she was de­lighted he could come and judge. ‘‘Peter brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to this role and stu­dents will ben­e­fit from his com­ments on their per­for­mance.’’

The Kapi-Mana Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will be held June 2 to 4 from 9am each day at the Per­form­ing Arts Stu­dio, Pa¯taka Art Mu­seum.

The Pur­ple Haze Quar­tet, above, from Porirua and Cordelia Wal­dron, right, from Lower Hutt per­form in last year’s Kapi-Mana Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

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