Upbeat about final concert

The fifth and final Tempo show for the year will be held as a special benefit event for The Salvation Army this Friday.

Instead of the usual door charge, patrons are asked to donate an unwrapped children's toy which The Salvation Army will wrap and give to a needy child this Christmas.

Wrapping paper donations will also be gladly accepted.

This year's show will be a special one for three of the long-time performers, singer Olivia Sheat, 18, cello player Caitlin Morris, 18, and multi-talented Annabelle Lewis, 16, as it will be their last.

The show will feature classical to contemporary music with the young performers choosing which songs they want to perform.

"There will be an overall Christmas feel and I am sure that many of the kids will decide to do Christmas-themed items," said event organiser Jocelyn Ricketts.

The Salvation Army band will also perform and play carols as the show's finale with Olivia singing with them.

Tempo (Today's Emerging Musicians Performing Onstage) aims to give young Marlborough musicians a chance to show their talents in a non-competitive environment. The group, which has members from as young as 5 years old to year 13 students, usually holds seven concerts a year but scaled back to five this year.

"We will be doing seven again next year though," said Jocelyn. "It is a lot of work to do the extra two shows but we found that we lost a bit of momentum and people were missing the extra shows."

Supper is included in the Christmas show - from funds saved from Tempo door takings throughout the year and from parents who help.

"We have really great, supportive parents who help out with the eats for the show," said Jocelyn.

Tempo performers from throughout the year are given small gifts as a token of appreciation for their hard work and dedication at the end of the show. Their concert will be held at the Wesley Centre from 7pm.

Some of the performers will also be presenting three items at the popular Christmas in the Park concert on December 16 with plans for three contemporary Christmas songs. They also have two soloists, a choir of about 16 and an orchestra of about 10 members.

The Marlborough Express