Almost two hundred young musicians, singers, dancers and other performers were in the spotlight at the 15th Upper Hunter Shire and Kia-Ora Concert in Scone on Friday night, 18 March 2016.
Following three days of rehearsal, children and young people from all Upper Hunter Shire schools took to the stage at Scone High School in front of an appreciative audience of over three hundred and fifty people.
The evening included KAWAI piano, marimba and ukulele, as well as dance, choir, concert band and string ensemble.
One highlight was the Amazing Voice competition where nine talented young singers performed. The winner was Kartya Bailey a year 10 student from St Joseph’s Aberdeen.
Other crowd favourites were the string ensemble, the concert band and the rousing finale of The Greatest Love of All.
The participating schools this year were Aberdeen Public School, Belltrees Public School, Blandford Public School, Merriwa Central School, Murrurundi Public School, Scone Grammar School, Scone High School, Scone Public School, St Joseph’s Aberdeen, St Joseph’s Merriwa, and St Mary’s Scone.
The music camp encourages young talent and motivates them to develop music in their lives by providing awards and scholarships.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said that the young people were supported by 22 tutors.
“There was an amazing depth of talent to be found among the tutors, who were all phenomenal,” Mayor Bedggood said.
This year’s concert band was led by musical director and conductor Dr Ian Cook who is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Newcastle.
Sponsors of the event are Kia-Ora Estates Pty Ltd, The Paradice Family, Newgate, KAWAI, Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music and Upper Hunter Shire Council.
Founder and Youth Music Camp coordinator Gillian Miles thanked all involved including Council for supporting the camp and concert.
“This wouldn’t happen without you and I hope you will also take away wonderful memories.
“Many of our performers were not even born when it was started. It’s my hope that there are children, still to be born, who will also have the opportunity to shine on this stage in the future”.
Planning is underway for the 2017 Upper Hunter Shire and Kia-Ora concert.
Kia-Ora Award Recipients
Logo Design: Eleanor Wyndham
Jazz Camp in Sydney: Madeleine Buckley
Riverina String Summer School: Emily Turner
Barry Rose Memorial Piano Award: Grace Pratley – piano workshop Newcastle Conservatorium
Amazing Voice winner: Kartya Bailey – recording experience to make a demo tape and coaching experience with Francine Bell and will sing the national anthem at the Scone Cup Race Meeting
Amazing Voice runner-up: Samantha Bell – master class at Newcastle Conservatorium in June and sing the national anthem at the Saturday race meeting of the Scone Cup Carnival
Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music half scholarship lessons for 12 months:
Julia Wisniewski – Cello and Colby Sutherland – Saxophone
Dance Awards – National College of Dance Newcastle:
Hannah Smith, Noah Peterson, Bridie O’Neill and Aneira Bray
Concert Band: Monique Crooks, Lucy McGrath, Alexandra Brooks, Joshua Crowther, Hannah Flynn, Paige Ollerton and Lizzy Douglass
Strings: Madeline Phelps, Zoe Gallagher, and Vanessa Kimpton
Encouragement award: Bella Fernandes, Lily Collins, Georgina Pratley and Elizabeth Douglass
Marimba: Lilly Collins, Danielle Skeffington
Piano: Noah McGrath
Vocal: Kiahna Kamene, Patricia Payuma and Jacinta Lee
Choir: Cloe Leeman, Logan Taylor, Hamish Guiana, Emily Taylor, Jack Carter and Lilly Collins
Upper Hunter Shire Council
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