Annual college orchestra ensemble

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Last updated 05:00 17/05/2014
Taranaki Secondary Schools’  Orchestra Day
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TRUMPET TIME: Michelle Sueess, of Spotswood College, on the trumpet at the Taranaki Secondary Schools’ Orchestra Day.

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Spotswood College's hall was alive with the sound of music as schools gathered for the annual Taranaki Secondary Schools' Orchestra Day yesterday

The event is in its ninth year and the orchestra comprises members from various Taranaki schools, gathering on the day for a 30-minute performance.

Yesterday's ensemble had 90 students.

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and a piece from Phantom of the Opera were among the six items played.

For some of the orchestra members, it's their fifth or sixth year to be involved, Spotswood College music teacher Robert Greenfield said.

"Some do it from year nine upwards and some join when their music reading gets better," Greenfield said.

He was pleased with how well the day went and looks forward to celebrating the event's 10th anniversary next year.

The day attracted budding musicians from Spotswood, Inglewood, New Plymouth Boys' High School, New Plymouth Girls' High School, Francis Douglas Memorial College, Stratford's St Mary's Diocesan and Sacred Heart.

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