Kids play with Nukes and ukes
The Great Taranaki Ukulele FestivalTARYN UTIGER
Hundreds of schoolchildren will get the chance to be supporting artists for a New Zealand band this week.
The Nukes, a trio from Auckland, will share the stage with more than 300 students from 10 Taranaki schools.
The budding young musicians have been practising for two terms and are looking forward to The Great Taranaki Ukulele Festival, event organiser Jan Aiello says.
It is the first year the festival has been held and Aiello says she hopes it will become a biennial event.
"It started in January when I got sent a flier about The Nukes. I thought it would be a great idea to have a festival for instruments.
"I've been involved with a biennial singing festival and to do a concert with just instrumentalists every off-year is the long- term plan," she says.
After coming up with the idea the itinerant music teacher then contacted 10 schools in Taranaki, and The Nukes.
"The Nukes got on board and in March they visited eight of the 10 schools and did a concert for them," Aiello says.
"Then they taught them some tips and hints for playing the ukulele and the kids have been practising ever since.
"They loved seeing The Nukes because they are such an energetic group. The kids are pretty excited to be playing with them."
Students from Devon Intermediate, Oakura School, Omata School, Sacred Heart Girls' College, St John Bosco School, St Pius School, Vogeltown school, Welbourn school, West End School and Woodleigh School have been been learning the ukulele for the past two terms.
"The children have been rehearsing every week at school and in their own time as well," she says. "It's been a lot of hard work, but so far it's all working to plan."
The evening will feature 200 ukulele players, two choirs and two marimba groups, and showcases music from The Nukes, Kevin Fogarty and Jon Madin.
"When would children ever be able to accompany professional musicians? This is a great opportunity for them and it will be an exciting night for the audience and for the children."
The concert is 7pm this Thursday at the City West Church in New Plymouth. Tickets are $7.50 and are available from the offices of contributing schools and at MusicWorks. There will be no door sales.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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