Arias at Auckland Airport

17:00, Aug 25 2014
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TRAVELLING EXPERIENCE: Aorere College play an instrumental piece at the international terminal at Auckland International Airport.

Travellers got a send-off with a difference when Aorere College students filled Auckland International Airport with rhythm and soul.

The airport has introduced a performance programme that sees creative community groups perform every month for visitors and staff at the terminals.

Auckland Airport's general manager of corporate affairs, Charles Spillane, says the programme is aimed at helping to showcase local talent.

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UNIQUE PLATFORM: Aorere College music teacher Brent McGarva and student Destiny Tui sing along.

"We are proud to be part of a local community that has an abundance of talented, vibrant and creative individuals," he says.

"It is brilliant to see these students from Aorere College having the opportunity to sing and play in front of all these people."

The performances are organised to lineup with busy times at the international terminal, providing peak exposure for the groups.

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Aorere College student Miracle Faasavalu says it was a unique experience.

"We are used to a set stage and a microphone and then being out here in the open at the airport, people just walking past . . . they can either like it and stay or walk away and forget it, it's a real honest opinion," the year 13 student says.

The Aorere College lineup included solo singers, group instrumentals and a singing group.

Music teacher Brent McGarva says principal Patrick Drumm sees music as the soul of Aorere.

"The best part is that it is an authentic performance for the kids, for their assess-ments and for their exper-ience as musicians as well," McGarva says.

The next group to perform at the airport will be Clayton Park School in September.

Manukau Courier