String orchestra concert aids SPCA

CARLY THOMAS
Last updated 12:00 04/06/2014

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A group of young string musicians have offered their orchestral abilities to raise funds for upgrade of the SPCA's Palmerston North building.

Just the PART, which stands for Palmerston North, Ashurst, Rongotea and Turakina, where the musicians are from, are a 13 piece string orchestra.

They were brought together by conductor Isaac Henderson with players ranging in age from 10 to 24.

Henderson said the concert would be a good opportunity to get behind a worthy cause and to give these talented musicians an audience.

SPCA centre manager Danny Auger said that $400,000 was needed for the facility upgrade and he was very grateful when he was approached about the concert.

"There has been little change here in about 29 years," said Auger. "It is really needed and we are focusing the changes on the animals."

The upgrade will be rolled out gradually as the money is raised and the first stage will be lowering the kennel block ceiling, building new storage and kitchen facilities and fitting insulation.

"We eventually want to see more light and larger facilities for the cats," Auger said, "and a nice big kitten room. We are working it around what we have already got in place and adding a new reception area and examination room and a place to segregate sick cats."

PART hope to raise $2000, and will be playing pieces by Mozart, Haydn, Torelli, and Telemann as well as a piece composed by Henderson.

There will be four soloists featured: Melanie Pinkney (violin), Ioan Fuller (trumpet), Felix Brookie (viola), and Clare Sandbrook (flute).

The group have been practising since January and intend to do a run of charity concerts for other organisations.

PART will perform at St Andrews in the City, June 10th at 7.30pm.

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- Manawatu Standard

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