Mother's proud moment

SONIA BEAL
Last updated 09:57 28/11/2012

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Sam Logan's family watched proudly on Monday night as he led some of the country's finest musicians through his first orchestral composition.

His parents, Kate and Greg Logan, and grandmother Pam Logan flew to Wellington from Blenheim to be in the Michael Fowler Centre auditorium while he went through two and a half hours of a musical recording with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, to be aired on National Radio.

"That was one thing on his bucket list - to have the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra play something of his," his mother said. "And now he's done that, so he's very happy."

The recording session began with a run-through of the composition, and then a lot of stopping and starting for tweaking, which took about an hour and a half, Mrs Logan said.

Watching her son tell the musicians and conductor how he wanted his music to be played had brought a lump to her throat.

The trio were very impressed and proud of his achievements, she said.

Logan, 23, has just been named as the orchestra's 2013 youth composer-in-residence. He won the chance to have his piece performed after entering his seven-minute arrangement called Lost Island in the 2012 Todd Awards, a national competition for composers co-ordinated by the NZSO.

A date for its broadcast on National Radio is still to be set.

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- The Marlborough Express

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